Is it just me or has this year been going by ridiculously fast? I can’t believe we’re already well into the month of October! What is happening?!
Do you ever start panicking when you realize how quickly time is passing by? Do you get anxious that you haven’t accomplished enough or created the change you expected to in that period?
Lately, I’ve been pretty hard on myself. The last several months of my life have been whirlwind-like and so much has changed. But sometimes it didn’t feel like much was happening at all. Things didn’t really move along at the pace I anticipated and these delays often had me feeling frustrated, anxious, and doubting myself. I wondered if I’d made the right choices – especially deciding to leave my full-time job to pursue opportunities that felt more aligned with my purpose.
As the season started transitioning recently, I took some time to sit down and evaluate how these past few months have gone. This is when I realized how much really happened since quiting my job at the beginning of the summer. Some of the highlights I wrote down were: traveling to Europe (belated honeymoon!), moving into a new apartment, leading my first group coaching program, and building my website… twice (I ended up suddenly losing everything on the first go around, but we can save that story for another day!). I also found a new job that gives me some flexibility to focus on developing my coaching career.
As I looked back on all this, it actually sounded pretty good. But I’d been spending so much time focusing on the future and how I’m not there yet that I hadn’t recognized how far I’ve come. I got so caught up in going after my goals that I forgot to appreciate where I am right now.
Does this ever happen to you?
It’s amazing how a small shift in perspective can completely change the way we see a picture.
What would it be like if you took a break from chasing the future and spent more time celebrating your current state of affairs?
This is a question I’ve been asking myself recently. And it’s one I intend to keep exploring. Because I’ll always have a goal to work on and life will keep on changing, but I really want to be present for and enjoy the process rather than feel like I’m drowning in anxiety and stress throughout it.
What about you? How do you want to feel as you work towards meeting goals?
Change is hard. But maybe we don’t have to be so hard on ourselves in the midst of it.
So this week I’m committing to celebrating how far I’ve come in the last few months and appreciating the present moment.
Now it’s YOUR turn!
How’ve your last few weeks/months been going?
What experiences or accomplishments would you like to take some time (a few minutes, hours, or even days) to appreciate or celebrate?
Let me know what you come up with in the comments below!