I spent some time today pondering.
When I was a kid my friends and I went rock climbing. The trip up the mountain was scary, and at one point I almost fell backwards onto jagged rocks. After hours of climbing we made it to the top. The funny part when we got there, the other side of the mountain was an gentle sloping hill. We lived on the side of the hill that had the rocks. It would have made more sense to look at both sides of the hill before we decided to climb up the sheer rock face. Still we didn’t realize there was another side of the mountain until we reached the top.
How many people spend their lives climbing up the tough side of the mountain? There is another solution. Don’t let your life experience become a climb up the rock face, scary and perilous. Find a roadmap, a mentor or create a plan before you set out for the climb.
When was the last time you took a look, stopped to look at the other side of the hill, or just stopped to be quiet in the noise?
Anyone who knows me personally will tell you that I’m a big fan of Dr. Stephen Covey. I make it a habit to re-evaluate my plan often. I try to live in Q2 most of the time. I protect my planning and thinking time.
I’ve met a lot of people who live in Crisis (Q1) or Coma (Q4). I refuse to be pushed to ledge, if I find myself there it’s because I’m out of Q2.
Q2 is planning and that’s where the hidden treasure lies.
Ask yourself where are you right now are you being pushed over the edge AND hanging on by your fingernails on the ledge (Q1)? Are you procrastinating and avoiding doing anything (Q4)?
Or are you looking at both sides of the mountain to see if there is another way up the hill?
The only reason I can live in Q2 is because I’ve spent time deciding what I need to accomplish. My life mission, my long-term goals, short-term goals and how the whole picture fits together. Writing this blog satisfies one portion of my life plan goals.
Take some time this weekend to evaluate where you are emotionally, socially, spiritually and financially. You may find you need an overhaul, but savor the trip.
How are my fans doing cleaning up their lives and organizing? Did you find some hidden treasures lurking in the pile of filing?
Tell your friends about my blog – who knows maybe there is a hidden treasure in all my musings…
Develop your plan, find your center and get into action!