Do you know how?
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately — about how to do all the things I have to do, and still prioritise what will get me closer to my goals.
Why is working on our dreams so hard to do?
Honestly, I don’t think it’s an issue of self-esteem so much as it’s an issue of practicality.
We know we matter and we know our dreams and goals matter, too. But often we do all the small tasks first (clean up the kitchen, answer the emails, make that phone call, walk the dog and on and on it goes) — and we promise ourselves this:
“Once I take care of these urgent things — once I clear some space for myself — I’ll sit down and do the thing that’s important for me.”
Write the book. Exercise. Research the new job opportunity. Write the song lyrics. Plan the app. Explore your business idea.
Put it first in your day, and it will get done.
Because here’s the truth: the emails, the kitchen, the dog, your workplace — all of that is another person’s priority, not yours. That’s the world asking you to put its needs first. Yes, it’s important. But so are you.
If you want to move the dial on your own life, you have to work on your goal as if it’s the most important thing.
Do your thing first.
That’s how I wrote my books. That’s how I’m writing one now. Like your life, mine is busy: work, family, lots of housework, shopping, cleaning, laundry, gardening, side hustles in copywriting, preparing book talks at schools for my novel).
But if I want to get the new book written, it has to come first.
A page a day for 365 days is a book. A workout a day for 365 days is a fit body.
Can you put your dream first? Yes.
Enjoy your Sunday! Have some fun, and be fun to live with.
Why the photo of Jennifer Lawrence? I was searching through my phone for an image of myself to use since I’ve had a lot of new readers sign up to my blog lately (& I want you to see what I look like!). But I came across this one of Jennifer Lawrence wearing Dior. I loved the outfit and obviously took a screen shot at some point. Jennifer Lawrence — a beautiful, talented actor. I’m guessing she prioritised her dream.
This Romanesque-style building in Sydney is so incredible — designed by American architect Edward Raht. Have you seen it?