My favourite word by far is “done”. The dialogue that runs through my head is pretty much, “OK, I’ve done that and that, I just need to do that and then that will be done and then all I have to do is that”. I have spoken to other mums and they get my love of “done”. We laugh how our internal dialogues are similar. Worse still, is that “done” not only serves as a check mark of things completed but it actually takes me to my happy place.
Which is why when I read Seth Godin’s post titled Your Progress Report, I kind of stopped in my tracks and realised that maybe my focus on “done” is all wrong. I’m so focused on getting things done and having the perfectly ordered life but I do very little that is extraordinary and I’m not great at setting goals. Part of that is because I’m riddled with fear and self doubt and the other reason is because I’m busy doing stuff that “needs” to be done, well at least that’s what I tell myself.
Not to harp on about the Seven Sacred Pauses, but the mid-morning pause is about asking for the Holy Spirit’s direction to shift our focus from being “efficient to inspired”. When I read through Seth’s checklist below, it made me think that I need to invite “inspiration” into more of my life, not just at 10am. And to also challenge myself to add these questions to my to do list and maybe shunt some of the other things off.
“I’m not sure we need to see a checklist of what you got done last week. What we really need:
- the difficult questions that remain unanswered
- the long-term goals where you don’t feel like progress is being made
- risky, generous acts that worked
Even more important: All the things that aren’t on your list, but could be.”