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New Year’s One Wish

“You’ve got to know what you want. This is central to acting on your intentions. When you know what you want, you realize that all there is left then is time management. You’ll manage your time to achieve your goals because you clearly know what you’re trying to achieve in your life. ” 

~ Patch Adams

 

One of my favorite tales is an Irish one namedThe Fairies Gift. In the story a poor woodcutter saves a fairy from a predator and in return is granted one wish. At first he thinks how fortunate he is and he imagines all the things he could wish for. He returns home and tells his family. He is reminded that his wife has always wanted a baby, his mother is blind, and the father reminds his son that they have been so poor that gold would be the answer. fairy

 

The wish all of a sudden feels like a burden and the woodcutter becomes so confused that he storms out of his cottage and hikes through the field, to the forest and into the mountain where he sits until night fall. At dusk, he sees a shooting star and in an instant he knows what he must do.

 

When he returns to the cottage his family is sitting in anticipation. One wish, what will it be…the baby, his mother’s sight, or the gold? At last he takes out the magic stone and says, “I wish that my mother will see our new baby lying in a golden cradle.” And with that one wish he made everyone’s dream come true.

 

Intentions are like wishes. They are our dreams for the future, for our lives. And sometimes we can have so many desires or unclear desires that we can become as confused as the woodcutter.   I know lots of people have given up setting goals for the New Year. I’m not one of them. I like taking time at the end of the year reflect on where I am and where I am going.

 

If you only had one wish this year, what would you wish for? What are you willing to put your time and energy into? If you could complete one thing what would it be? Life will pass us by whether we wish or not. But when we wish and schedule it into our lives wishes do come true.

 

Imagine you’ve been given one wish 2015. What would you wish for?

Focus

Focusing is about saying No.”Steve Jobs

The more choices we have, the greater the need to focus. - Tom Butler-Bowdon

I am a creative person and as a result, I never have a shortage of ideas.  I can always find a subject I want to explore, think of a new class to create, and find a plethora of things I’m passionate about.  The problem is, is if I want to manifest any one of my ideas (which I do)-I have to stay focused.

The reality is that we only have so much time, energy, and money which means we must choose where to put our energy.  The year as I reflect on the New Year, I’m going write on a 3 x5 card all of the things I’d like to do this year and then ask myself these questions:

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  1. How important is this to me?
  2. Why is it important? (Do I know why this motivates me?)
  3. Is this part of my life purpose?
  4. Would I regret not doing this?
  5. How much time and energy will it take? Can I schedule it in?  Do I have the time?

After I do this I’m then going to prioritize them by importance.  If I could only do one of these, which would it be?  If I could only do two of these, which would I choose?  I’ve learned over the years that I can burn myself out trying to do it all.

Then I’m going to put up an artful display board in my work space where I can connect to my vision each day.  That way when the world begins to encroach on my vision, I can more easily pull myself back to center.

I’ve noticed over the years too that it’s also good to factor in the unexpected and to intentionally make time for important relationships.  It helps to minimize the frustration and makes for a much more balanced lifestyle.

 

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