Being a work in progress

Oh hey, it’s that feeling of being stuck or not managing our time as best as we could. We’ve all been there and most of the time we overcome it, but even then it can inevitably linger, pull you back down into feeling as if you’re doing enough or being your best.  Maybe it’s burnout or a lack of interest in what you’re doing. Truthfully it’s something I’ve had my fair share of experience with here and there and am sure I will in the future, because we’re always a work in progress.

Recently as I was driving home last week a thought popped in my head:

If we spent as much time worrying over the little things, as we did not worrying about them, imagine how much more we would be able to accomplish!

Earth shattering, I know. This thought among a few others reminded me of a book I once read a few years ago titled The Power of Full Engagement, a book my husband recommended during a period when I felt aimless. Over the weekend I decided to take some time to revisit the book’s contents and rediscover the principles. As I flipped through, some questions throughout the book ask the reader:

  • Jump ahead to the end of your life. What are the three most important lessons you have learned and why are they so critical?
  • Who are you at your best?
  • How accountable do you hold yourself to a deeply held set of values?
  • How much energy do you spend worrying about, feeling frustrated by and trying to influence events beyond your control?

Reader’s note: If you’ve recently stumbled your way onto this page/blog, I’m quite a fan of self-help/psychology books. I find them fascinating and if I were to ever venture into any other profession than my current one, psychology would be my choice. One of the main goals of writing in this blog is to catalog my own experiences with the hopes that my curiosity and interest in self improvement (among other topics) will spark similar interests in anyone who happens to stumble across my writing.

What I remembered to be interesting is how during my progress of the book the first time it paralleled a few principles found in Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way series. The major difference between the two is rather than pitched from an artistic and creativity perspective, The Power of Full Engagement focuses on finding balance from a slightly more professional/career perspective. With that said, I do recommend both books if you’re interested in  personal development.

We may hear the phrase that one “needs to get their head right” but how does one do that? Is there some sort of roadmap to help us get there?  According to articles like this on leadership, setting goals and tracking progress is important. Again, not exactly mind blowing but if we’re required to map out roads to success at our jobs, why is it that in our lives we may not place as much emphasis in doing this for ourselves? The Power of Full Engagement aims to help one achieve this — and if you’re interested in seeing what goes into a personal development plan, someone was kind enough to make a downloadable copy. Although I also highly recommend purchasing the book because it does offer some great insights along with the exercises/plan outline.

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