As I’ve been creating my adaptable life, I had this insight. I realized that I want to treat each day as if it is the first and the last day of my life. I want to treasure each day. I don’t want to regret spending time on anything.
I decided this year that meant I could say “Yes” to things I wanted to do, and say “No” to things I didn’t want to do. And, that I could continue to choose again.
I am choosing to spend a lot of time in the gym to work on my health and balance. I am choosing to progress on a couple of different books, until it’s time to focus on and finish just one. I am choosing to experiment with new consulting offerings, one of which is below.
For me, thinking about my life in these terms–being able to choose again–has made me think about the short-term and the long-term a little differently.
Us adaptable people see more opportunities to choose again, because our reality forces us to think more carefully about today and tomorrow. If I choose this activity today, what am I going to feel like tomorrow? And, if I say “Yes” now, I don’t have to “Yes” for all time. Same thing with “No.”
Making explicit choices is a big part of living an adaptable life. Those choices are not easy for me. I bet they are not easy for you, either.
So, while that means I have an opportunity to eat a little chocolate every day (yum!), I can’t overdo it. And, if I go to a party, I need to decide how long to stay. Because parties, while the extrovert in me loves them, the deaf-and-tinnitus-and-dizzy part finds them exhausting. Sometimes, I have to say No. Sometimes, I can say Yes, and decide when to say Enough, and, then No. It’s another example of Choose Again.
My New Year’s wish for you is that you learn when to Choose Again for yourself.
Have a great 2012.
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As part of my additional consulting offerings, I’m starting a peer project portfolio coaching program starting Feb 2, 2012. If you need help deciding how to choose again, this is the place to go. If you have questions, email me. I’d love it if you joined us.
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