I’m making progress on my dream to become an accomplished equestrian.
I’ve only had two lessons with Heather of Phoenix Farm (www.phoenixsporthorses.com) but I’m feeling really good about them.Â Â The lessons are hard, requiring absolute focus and thought for an hour.Â And, I found out last week, that my lesson does not stop simply because rain starts to pour down.
But, I was watching a figure skating competition on TV the other day (love figure skating).
I began to wonder, am I really doing all I can to accomplish my dream?
Am I managing each day for success?
My answer to myself was a resounding “NO!”
As I watched those lovely, accomplished,Â girls spinning and jumping around the ice, it occurred to me that they probably do not:
- Get sucked into Farmville on Facebook.
- Sit on the couch each night eating ice cream straight from the container.
- Find excuses to skip exercising “just that day” (and the previous day, and the day before that,Â the day before that, and most of last week).
- Spend inordinate amounts of time thinking, considering, whining, worrying . . .Â all of which takes away from actual getting-it-done time.
- Ignore the alarm clock and get up late every single morning.
If I could start by changingÂ just the above 5 things, I’d be way ahead of where I am now.
Most of them are easy.Â #4 may be challenging.Â But, my birthday is coming up so its time to reflect, reassess and let go of a few “issues” (easier said than done – and that sounds like a whole other post).
How do you manage your day for success?Â I think I’ve asked this before and some of you have talked about starting each day with meditation or stating your intentions for the day.
I find that I tend to slog through the first part of my day and then, around 4:00, look around the house, panic at all that is not done, and then run around like a crazy person, which leaves me stressed and exhausted.
Well, at least I know what’s wrong!Â Now, time to set about fixing it so I can have some unstressed time to work on lettingÂ go of a few things before my birthday!
“In responding to distractions, especially when frustration builds, it helps to have a planned response you can fall back on . . . If you experience a lot of distractions or have the sense that some could be avoided with better organization, trying jotting down a list of distractions as they occur (after all, you’re already distracted) and then reviewing it in the near future to come up with ideas for heading those distractions off. . .”
‘Til next week.
(Danelle left 8 Women Dream in March of 2010 and is still workingÂ on her dream is to become an accomplished equestrian)
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