I love quotes. I save them to Pinterest boards, I record them in journals, and post them around my house. I.Hate.This.One.
“If you can dream it, you can achieve it.”
It’s credited to Walt Disney but it’s a load of bull. Dreaming and achieving and two very different things. I don’t think Steve Jobs just dreamed of a Mac or that Walt Disney dreamed of domination the entire city of Orlando.
They are doers.
It’s in the doing that dreams are made. I’ve dreamed of many things in my life. I spent a good part of my youth dreaming about a lot of things that never came true. I was not the next Debbie Gibson no matter how many times I sang her songs in the mirror. Thank goodness for that. It was in the doing/living/working in my life that I found my dreams, or at least the ones that did not involve me married to the boy in my history class and a multi-billionaire.
This same train of thought was the premise of Shonda Rhimes’ Dartmouth Commencement Address. If you haven’t read it. Go do it. Here. It’s one of the best.
I love planners and calendars. I wondered how I could make this part of my work. I sat down to create a shop on Etsy, a self-help website and have begun to build my calendar empire. I’m not giving Franklin Covey a run for their money yet but I’ll keep doing. I never know where the path will take me or what opportunity will present itself. It will present itself in the doing. It’s in the doing that you find your dreams.
A lot of people want to be writers. A lot of people. But you have to write to be a writer. A lot. A lot of bad stuff and some good but you have to be a doer. Whatever you want to be, you have to be. Be busy doing that thing.
So here is the new quote,
“If you can practice doing it every day, then you can achieve it.”
It’s Sunday afternoon and this is where successful weeks are made. This is where clothes are chosen, meals planned out and calendars posted on the refrigerator. This prep work sets the intention for the week and makes sure everyone in the household knows what’s going on. Children have their last opportunity to request rides home from school, inform me about practices and meetings. I’ve trained them well, if it’s not on the calendar Sunday night, you can’t go. For a while , there were some heated battles and resentment about last minute changes until I simply said enough. If it’s important enough to you, you’ll write it down and get it on the Sunday night calendar. Poof, conflict nearly evaporated. Only had to stand my ground once.
So the same should be true for everyone. We can all benefit from sitting down and planning out the week. For me, I created a daily schedule/task list. It includes meal planning and things I’m working on for my health. If it’s on the calendar, I will get it done. I did reign in the task list though. I used to have tons of spaces for tasks and realized completing that many tasks in a day was reserved for my fantasy self. I also have a couple of spaces for focus. These are those intentional items you must get done in order to further your goals, have a successful day at work or just keep you out of prison.
I hole punch them into my Filofax and I’m off.
Here is the FREE PRINTABLE if you’re interested in a PDF. Here’s hoping you have a productive and intentional week.
A new year on the academic calendar. The years slip by so quickly as an adult. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to accomplish this year. I was talking with a friend about my goals and she asked me if I ever just sit back and say enough. She shared with me about a book about being “enough.” “Enough” has become a bit of a battlecry for the over-worked mother. It’s a platform that Brene Brown writes her books from.
It’s not that I’m not enough. I think I describe my penchant for self-improvement badly. It’s not that I’m doing a bad job or scolding myself, but I need the pursuit of better in my life to feel fulfilled. It’s the purpose driven life. My purpose has never been to sit back but rather to take the wheel and drive it down Self Help Lane. I love reading about new ideas and new theories for making my life better. My life is good but the pursuit of greatness makes it great.
I want to run faster. Not farther this year but faster. Tick some minutes off my mile. I read an interesting science-based book on the benefits of alternate day fasting so I want to see if this can rev up the old metabolism. I’m currently reading the book How to Have a Good Day by Caroline Webb. Yes! I want to know how to have a good or at least a better day. I want to start a morning practice of meditation to see if it’s as helpful as the research says. I want to form the habit of taking my multivitamin every day.
I’ll never stop pursuing. I’m enough but I can always be better.