10 Things You Can Accomplish in the Next 115 Days
Depending on when you read this, there are roughly 115 days left in this year, 2010. Tough to believe, right? I'm reminding you not so you panic, but rather so you can savor each day and move forward on your most cherished projects. I'd like to wave my fairy godmother wand and promise that certain marvelous things will happen by December 31, 2010. I spent years looking for that pixie dust, only to find that I had it all along, the ability to take each day, live it like I mean it, and move forward.
10 things you can do for sure in the next 115 days:
1. You can sharpen your vision of what you like to experience. What do you want more of, and what do you want less of?
2. You can take the time to decide if the things on your to-do list are things you're committed to doing, OR...you're just interested in doing.
3. You can make a list of 115 things for which you're so incredibly grateful. (Get your family to help, you'll be surprised to learn what other people appreciate so much. One of my daughters is grateful for Taylor Swift, for example.)
4. You can take 115 tiny actions toward that most cherished goal -- the one you're secretly wanting to do and rather nervous about. Tiny actions include writing one page, sending one email, setting up a free blog, making 1 phone call, writing one note, making 1 appointment, planting 1 seed, asking 1 person for help.
5. Make 115 points of contact with people you love and appreciate.
6. Create a reading list and start reading the books on it. It doesn't have to be 115 books, but it could be. You can also start re-reading your favorite books. I suggest including several genres in your list, not just the ones you usually read. (I'm still working on Anna Karenina!)
7. Invest in yourself at a new level. Try Life Leadership Camp for Precocious Grown-Ups. (Early Bird discount good through September 14, 2010.)
8. Do something that is the opposite of what you normally would do.
In my case, a coach suggested I sign up for pole dancing classes. (Kid you not.)
If you don't cook, try a cooking class. If you don't read, listen to a book recording. If you don't normally eat vegetarian, try a veggie day.
I haven't taken a pole dancing class yet, but I have done other things that I normally would not do. Like marrying a musician.
It's a way of growing your comfort zone.
9. Plant the seed of a new source of income.
You could write and market an ebook, teach a course, have a yard sale, work one afternoon a month someplace different. Sally, who's normally an HR muckety muck, works at a quilt shop at least one afternoon each month. It connects her with passion for needle work and I think she spends all that income on supplies for her quilts.
I'm offering a new product to help high school students prepare for the verbal part of the SAT. You'll read all about that soon,
10. Take some time off to do nothing. Really it's a great way to nourish your creativity.
What are you going to do in the next 115 days?