3 New Signs You’re Moving Forward (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 114)
“If you take care of important things, the urgent things don’t show up as often. The opposite is never true.”
— Seth Godin
Some things are urgent and some things are important. Focusing on one will keep you in firefighter mode. Paying attention to the other will help advance you toward your goals. Most of what we encounter every day — situations, problems, and people — are urgent, but not important. Urgent things are short-term; important things are usually long-term. Important is coherent; urgent is muddled. Important is methodical; urgent is scattered. If you’re not playing in the hand of one, more than likely you’re dancing in the hand of another. Finding out what side you’re on will help determine how far you go.
Here are three more signs you’re moving forward in life even if you don’t feel it:
1. When you release busyness and indulge in productivity. A part of us likes to be busy or to at least think we are busy because it makes us feel important. But busyness is often a camouflage for lack of organization and goals. You’ve learned that productivity takes discipline and commitment, and that busyness does not. You’ve learned to set goals and actively work towards accomplishing something. At the end of the day, even at the end of your life, you want to have something that shows you didn’t just live, but you made a difference.
2. When you focus on the important instead of the urgent. You encounter many different situations and problems each day. But many of them are small and aren’t very important. Important tasks come periodically; urgent tasks just keep coming day after day after day. You’ve realized that when you focus on what’s important instead of what is urgent, you take meaningful, consistent action toward your goals. You develop momentum and will that perseveres toward the life you really want. Which, in the end, is a lot better than doing a million things but staying in the same place.
3. When you cease trying to do it all. We may be able to have it all, but we can never do it all. You can always take on more projects, read more books, write more blogs, create more products, and so on. Every item you cross of your to-do list gives a temporary sense of value and makes you feel that you are making progress. But you’ve realized that you can only focus on so much. You can really only do what is necessary to reach your goals. So, you’ve decided not to split you attention between a million different things. Instead you’re focused on achieving what matters most, and that makes all the difference.
“There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.”
— John F. Kennedy