Hello SOTGC community,
Summer has a way of opening things up. After long, focused winters (especially in the north), the energy shifts. Suddenly, we’re looking up and noticing who’s around us, and we feel a little more open with our time.
If your line of work experiences a season like this, and things are slowing down to make room for the sun, take note. This is a special moment.
There are things we can do now that are essential to keeping us excited about what we do, motivated to do great work, and fulfilled in our lives. They involve reflecting and connecting.
Both are hard to do when we’ve got our nose to the grindstone during the busy seasons and squeezing everything we can out of our time. Summer affords us the gift of stopping to appreciate what we love about our lives and our work and what we look forward to changing.
In terms of your fulfillment and your relationships, it’s an opportunity to put “money in the bank.”
Here are the four (fun) investments you can make around reflecting and connecting that will pay off all year round:
- Build joy around where you’re headed in life.
When you’re lying on the beach with a big hat and a cold drink, you’re already enjoying a break from the usual fast pace. That relaxed state is perfect for positive thinking. It’s a great time to do some dreaming about your future.
Without editing yourself or taking yourself too seriously, let your mind wander around what kind of year would put a permanent smile on your face.
What do you want? I mean, what would absolutely tickle you?
Dreaming about what we really want is a vulnerable thing to do, but it’s essential to expand our notion of what’s possible. When you can get beyond your inner editor or critic, it’s fun to experience the delight of thinking, for a moment, that everything is possible.
(Important note: the most exciting ideas will seem far-fetched at first glance. Usually, our biggest mistake is shutting ideas down too early, before investigating. So don’t skip over this.)
What do you come up with?
…Do you want a promotion?
…Do you want to create more vacation time?
…Do you want to quit your job and start a business?
…Do you want to publish a book?
…Do you want to fall in love?
…Do you want to start a family?
…Do you want to start a band?
Really let yourself feel what it would be like to meet your goal. Imagine who you’d become, what life would be like, and what you’d be most proud of.
Imagine the impact you’d make on others, and what other positive changes might result. Let yourself experience it as if it’s already happened.
Then, while still assuming this goal is possible, consider this: What steps would make it possible? What are all the actions that would create what you want?
…What would you need commit to?
…Who would you need to be?
…What milestones or deadlines belong on your calendar?
…Whose help would you need to stay accountable?
…What inner strengths and resources would you draw on?
Explore, and keep moving in the direction of excitement and resonance, even if you haven’t committed to your pie-in-the-sky dream yet.
Use your down time to stay in that dream world, and let yourself imagine every detail, exploring it longer than you normally would.
At a certain point, when our dreams resonate with us in a big way—so big that we’ve already started changing—it’s hard to deny that, actually, what we want is possible.
We just need to be vulnerable and go for it.
Stay tuned for Part II in 4 Ways To Take Advantage Of The Summer Slow-Down