There are so many things I "should" be doing right now:
It's easy to feel overwhelmed with what it takes to be an adult in today's society. Even more so when you try to live your life to the fullest and reach the summit of your spiritual experience.
BREATHE. Take a deep breathe, you'll be ok.
I'll be honest, 80% of what is on your "to" do and "should" do list can and should be eliminated. In fact, once you figure it out, it may only take ONE Thing you need to focus on and be great at to achieve the life you want. The rest will fall into place...
What is the ONE Thing, such that by doing it, makes everything easier or unnecessary? -Gary Keller
In The ONE Thing, Gary Keller outlines his thought process behind his success. He talks about the science behind it and why it works for everyone who consistently applies it. A great read, especially on the airplane to and from a convention. What really matters? Your BIG WHY
You can raise your trajectory by shifting your focus to the things that matter most to you. Now, 80% of realizing what matters most is to decide on your personal mission. This takes some thinking time; put it in your calendar.
You don't have to fully commit to your mission statement just yet. You do need to commit to it right now, and you can change your mind later. Many people "date" a mission statement to see if it's worth "marrying" later. Make it a fling. Be so wildly passionate about the mission statement you're dating that it could either flame out quickly or burn brightly forever. Here are some tips on finding your mission statement.
1. Start with the End in Mind.
To fully realize your aims, you have to decide what the endgame is. The bigger the end, the bigger the plan you'll need to achieve it. If you set your bar too low, you run the risk of never being able to raise it. Start as high as you can. Think about your career, your family, a hobby or skill, anything you want to master.
2. What needs to be accomplished 5 years from now?
Now that you have your end goal, what is the time frame? Where do you need to be on the route to the summit 5 years from now to be ahead of track to reach it? What about 2 years from now? 1 year from now? 6 months from now? This month? This week? Today? In the NEXT HOUR?
3. Limit your focus.
"I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once., but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times." - Bruce Lee. No one is great at everything. No one has time to build the habits to be great at everything. You have the time to be great at something, if you put all your focus to it. What are you going to have to master to reach your end goal? Is it a skill? Is it a habit?
By limiting your focus to the things that need to be done today to accomplish your end goal, you are ahead of everyone who has never thought through the process.
If you really want to read the rationale, the research, and the psychology behind why the ONE Thing is such a powerful concept that has transcended generations, you need to pick up the book and read it.
It could be the ONE Thing you did this month that changed the game for you.