Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Simplify your life

How many of you feel like your schedule is so full with commitments, that by the end of the week, you feel like you've accomplished nothing towards your goals?  Between church council and sporting events/practices and piano lessons and various civic group activities, our time is slowly stripped away from us.

Each week, every single person on the planet has 168 hours to do with whatever they desire.  The excuses many give for not accomplishing what they want are plenty: they don't have time because of their kids or because of their work or because their favorite sports team is on the TV or they just have to watch the latest reality show (which is typically a far cry from reality) or ______________________ (you fill in the blank).

Keep in mind, these people also accomplished their dreams with the same 168 hours:

Albert Einstein

Mother Theresa

Abraham Lincoln

The Wright Brothers

J. R. R. Tolkien

Donald Trump

Stephen King

Bill Cosby

Jerry Seinfeld

Jay Leno

Brad Pitt

And the list goes on . . .

If you feel like a hamster on a wheel, running and running yet going nowhere fast, stop and look at your life.  Prioritize what's important vs. what's unimportant.  I know what it's like to be stretched in fifteen different directions at once.  Been there, got the T-shirt.

But there comes a point where you have to stop the madness and simplify your life.  This is exactly the dilemna I've been facing this past year, and I've finally cut something from my life in order to have more time for my writing and my family--even though it was only on a part-time basis, I had to draw a line in the sand and focus on what's important for my family and my career.

Do you have any examples of activities you've cut from your life in order to simplify it?

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