Three months ago I started to read 52 Weeks of Conscious Contact, a book by Melody Beattie which takes you through daily exercises to help the reader be in the moment and live mindfully. As usual, I lost focus and allowed myself to be distracted by life…so typical. I don’t know why, but I grabbed the book as I was running out of the house yesterday. Three months since I started and I’m only on week 4, but what a good week to pick up where I left off.
Week 4 is about challenges, the ones we set for ourselves and the ones that are thrust upon us. Lately I find I’m a teeny bit overwhelmed by both kinds. So after reading week 4 this is what I know and my immediate action plan:
- Make a list of what challenges me
- Examine the value of each challenge
- Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize
- Leave a little room for the unexpected
- Always remember there is a fine line between challenging yourself enough to grow and putting so much pressure on yourself that you cave to the pressure
My Challenges…..The BIG Picture
- My weight, eating habits and overall health: I’ve been slacking on all fronts because I keep making excuses. I need to get down to a healthier weight and I need to STOP putting junk into my body. Doing both these will improve my overall health and that is my number one priority.
- Work/Life Balance: I started a new job last month and I’m still learning my way through a whole new set of rules and standards. I know I can do it and I’m just slightly frustrated because it’s taking me a little longer to get these done. I have to accept that the first six months will probably mean more hours in the office so I have to make the time at home worth every minute.
- My marriage – I won’t get to personal on this front, but I want everyone to know that I love my husband very much. We’ve been through quite a bit together and are working our way back to trust. I have trust issues in general and I know that if I don’t learn how to trust people, my life will be much more complicated than it needs to be.
All the other stuff is background chatter that, quite frankly, just isn’t worth freaking out over. What are your challenges and how do prioritize?