Life is too short to live without a passion! It is also too short to live without tapping into your true potential.
We all lead busy lives that become out of balance through lack of focus on the things that count. We need to stop and identify what is really important to each of us. People lying on their deathbed don’t think about the last report that needed to be finished for the board meeting. Instead, they often have thoughts of regret of what other important family or personal experiences they would have rather conquered.
Throughout this article I would like you to look inside yourself and understand your priorities and clarify your position, so that you can reconnect with your passion, yourself and your family.
Reconnecting with your passion.
Answer the following questions to clarify your passion and reconnect with the motivators that generate energy in your life. Take a moment to ponder and then respond to the following questions. Follow your heart; write down your initial thoughts without prejudgement or in a dismissive way.
- What does having a passion mean to you?
- What was one thing either in the past or currently that you were passionate about, really focused on or just love to do?
- If you won ten million dollars in Lotto tomorrow, what would you love to do with your time and energy?
- What is the one thing you would dare to dream if you knew you could not fail?
- Of all the things you have ever done, what were you doing when you were the happiest?
Reconnecting with yourself.
As we continue to go around on the merry-go-round of life we sometimes lose sight of who we are and what we originally set out to do. My recommendation is that we need to take stock and review our progress or lack of it. Get our lives back into perspective by understanding what really is important to us.
Take a moment, to rediscover what is important to you by answering these thought-provoking questions …
- What are the five things you value most in your life?
- In 30 seconds, write down the three most important goals in your life right now?
- What type of activities or circumstances gives you the greatest feeling of importance?
- What is one thing you need to do different in your life?
- What do you love to do, that gives you back energy and recharges your batteries?
What can happen is that we lose sight of the big picture. You may become bored with life or your job. You may love what you do, however you may not be in love with what you do right now. That is why it is critical to rekindle the reasons why we do the things we do or find a new reason.
Rekindle. Recharge. Refocus.
One of the ways to rekindle your spirit, recharge your energy and refocus your direction is to give back to yourself.
Here are ten simple suggestions that will rekindle, recharge and refocus. Pick five you can do this month.
- Write down five things you love doing and do one of them each week.
- Write a personal note to someone for a job well done or to say thank you.
- Write out your goals on a small card and read them every day.
- Read a self-development book for 15 to 30 minutes each day.
- Take a role model you respect out to lunch and find out how they achieve great things in their life.
- Go on a long holiday and do something you have always wanted to do.
- Get an exercise book and write down 100 things you want to do, or become, or have, or places you want to go.
- Spend a weekend out on the farm and do some physical work.
- Clean out your wardrobe—if you have not worn it in 12 months give it to charity!
- Write down 5 things you have been procrastinating over and then do them.
Reconnecting with your family.
My definition of family covers both family members and friends. I think that sometimes our friends are closer to us than our family members because of our circumstances, situations or geographic location. Whoever makes up your circle of family members, most likely you have taken them for granted at some stage or lost connection with them.
This is not about losing contact with them but connection; where you are communicating with the most important people in your life in a meaningful and rewarding way.
It is interesting, that we sometimes treat total strangers better than the people we live with and love the most. No truer word was spoken, familiarly breeds contempt. We take our family members for granted or maybe we just don’t take the time to demonstrate our love and appreciation.
Connect with your family by …
- Changing your attitude towards them. Forgive them or say sorry.
- Hand written notes to say thank you. The written word is powerful!
- When you travel send postcards to your children or parents.
- Schedule in birthdays in your calendar and if you can’t be there for them, organise to have a birthday week of celebrations. Hide presents around the house, like a treasure hunt.
- Get up early and leave sticky notes around the house, telling them why you love them so much.
- Schedule time to have a meaningful conversation, even just to complete a conversation without interruptions.
- Organise to take your partner on a date, once a month. Keep the magic alive. Plan your intimacy and romance.
- Be free with your compliments and slow with your criticism.
- Notice the little things and recognise the right things.
- Read a story to your children or work on a project with them, without getting frustrated with them.
- Give your partner the night off by pampering them, take control and make them feel special.
- Send ﬂowers or a gift for no reason at all. Surprise them!
- Have a weekly family dinner, eat together, talk together and laugh together.
- Take time to draw with your children, to play games, tell stories and do activities together.
- Do a course with your family members. As you learn together, you grow together. These are memories that continue to reconnect and strengthen your family relationships.
- Enjoy the good times that your life has to offer you.
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