Thursday, August 23, 2007

Do You Ever Evaluate Your Life?

Do you ever get to a point when you sit back and wonder what are you doing with your life or where the heck is it going? More often than not, I feel that way. I am doing my daily thing and living life and loving it but then I stop and wonder what more is in store for me.
Of course, I have a plan but there is a point when I need to reevaluate the course of the plan. Now for some of you, if you want to make something happen in your life, it is not enough to just talk about it. If you don't already have a list of goals written down then get to it. Don't sit here wasting valuable time by simply wishing things were different. I love a good daydream but, let's face it, no amount of wishing and dreaming is going to allow you to reach your goals any sooner. You have to take action and that action starts with having goals that have been thought out and written down.

With that said, your goals can be as spectacular or as minor as you need them to be. It could be as simple as wanting to stay in contact with family more or as complex as wanting to be a brain surgeon. Whatever it is, start by writing it down then make a plan on how you will achieve it. Now, that involves a few more details that will be discussed in another article.

When you finally have that plan and you're trucking along, you can reach to a spot when it just seems never ending. That is where I am at right now. I have these goals and this plan but it just doesn't seem like they will come together. The needs of my life are superseding the goal, making it seem less important. I feel like I am in reaction mode instead of carrying out a thoughtful plan. It is so hectic, that I feel as though I am on pause.

All of my furious activity is not causing forward motion. In fact, it is all I could do to just keep up. So, as I am starting to feel like a hamster on a wheel I have to stop before the whole process gets me down and into a negative place that I would much rather stay away from.

I have to pull away and reevaluate my life, my goals, and my situation. It seems to me that, that's where people tend to miss the mark. We just keep on going with the daily grind, not taking a break until one day we find ourselves in the proverbial rut, frustrated, angry, and without a clue as to how we got there.

So, what do we do? What do I do? Get off the darn wheel, pause and take a deep breath. I will take stock of my life as it compares to my goals and my plan. I have to ask myself where am I and where do I want to be. Maybe I will have to start all over again by revising my goals and adjusting my plan. I have so much to appreciate in my life that I owe it to myself and those loved ones that surround me to keep positive energy flowing. So taking time to reevaluate, make changes, and just appreciate the things I do have in my life is not a road block. I see it more as a well deserved respite at a beautiful scenic resting area where I may even have a picnic with the ones I love before I get back on course.
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