When I did my first draft of my vision, it was 5 typed pages single-spaced. The day was absolutely crammed with things I thought I wanted to do. I still do, just not in the typical day a vision describes. I realized I had “gummed up the works” as it were. It was partially because my life and my view of the future were still too cluttered. They needed to be simplified.
Have you ever had the feeling you are overwhelmed? Too much to do? Not enough time? We all get that. It’s not fun either, is it? There’s a huge difference it can make in your life when you simplify your life and activities. I used to have a LOT of goals. They were things that I wanted to do, burned to do and thought would be fun to do. I lacked focus and tried to do too much. My life, or rather my attempt at my life, was way too complex.
I finally learned to put into perspective my life and priorities. When I did that, I finally let go of the goals I had been carrying on my goal list for years. When I did, my list was about a third smaller. It was easier to prioritize and execute.
Then we started simplifying our home life. Got rid of a lot of stuff we had been carting around from home to home. Stopped playing with so many hobbies. Stopped playing so many computer games and surfing aimlessly on the web.
When I did all these things, stuff happened. I knew where I was going and why. I knew how I was going to get there. Or I soon figured it out. There were less distractions in my life, and I became so much more confident than I had ever been before.
All because I had simplified my life.
- If you haven’t created a vision statement for what you want your life to be, that do it now. You need to know your destination before you can start down the road.
- Do a new set of goals that fit your vision. Do the basics. Make them specific in description and set a specific date. Make sure they fit the vision you have created or at least support it.
- Get rid of the clutter in your house.
- Get rid of the clutter in your life. Stop doing things that don’t further your new goals and vision. This IS going to take time. It’s not something you will be able to do in a weekend. But you’ll never do it if you don’t start now. Do part of it each week. Do part each weekend. Do whatever it takes.
Successful people know that success comes from focus. Focus is possible when you eliminate the distractions. Eliminating the distractions comes from having vision and concrete goals. When you have these, you don’t need and don’t want anything in your life that doesn’t get you closer to your goals.
Un-gum the works.