I felt like an air traffic controller this summer. Both my sons worked two jobs, my husband traveled a lot for work and I took on a number of new projects. I should have installed a revolving front door—it would have saved on our air conditioning bill. As September arrived, my husband flew to South America, my two sons returned to school and I took a breath. I love when everyone is home, but I love being home alone. It gives me a chance to reflect on my life.
With this quiet time I asked myself four questions, an exercise that I do a few times a year.
- Am I doing things that bring me joy?
- What’s working in my life… what’s not?
- What dream needs action?
- What help do I need?
After answering these questions, I developed an action plan for the next couple of months. The first question encouraged me to reject a job for a potential customer. The compensation would have been lucrative, but I knew in my gut he’d be a difficult client. The moment I made the decision not to take the job, I experienced a sense of relief.
Each question gave me a concrete action to take. Question 4 is one of my favorites. I had a mound of ironing overflowing two baskets. I hate ironing! Action Plan…I’m sending our shirts to the laundry! That decision had me dancing around the room.
Try these questions on for size and see if they help your develop an action plan. I call them my jumpstart questions. They help me get moving when my battery is dead. What’s your favorite question?
This Week: Answer the JUMPSTART QUESTIONS.