“The secret of success is consistency of purpose.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli
I’m ready to go big and bold and I’m wondering how many of you are, too. I’m ready to break the bonds of my own small and limited thinking and I’m wondering if you are, too. I’m ready to spread my wings, take flight, and soar. And I’m wondering if you are, too. I’m ready to leave the well worn trail and blaze a path of my own. And I’m wondering if you are, too.
Nearly all of us – you, me, and everyone else – are playing life small. We’re overwhelmed with daily doings, daily demands, daily obligations, and those pesky little things called expectations. I’m not a Human DOing and neither are you. We’re Human BEings and it’s time we BE more and DO less. In order for me to blaze a path of my own, I must BE more and DO less. Talk about a shift in perspective that begs the question, “how can you be more if you do less?”
Part of doing less is not saying YES to every request that crosses my path. Part of BEing more means I focus on my end game. Part of doing less and being more is about making the choices and decisions that are in complete harmony and alignment with my end game. For me to BE more, what I do, why I do it, and how I do it must support my end game.
My end game is pretty simple but will remain largely unknown to the vast majority of human doings. Dreamstealers and naysayers walk among us and I won’t allow that distraction. But I will tell you that part of my end game is to retire from corporate America early – within the next 4-5 years. I am blessed to have the support of angel friends, like Janet Powers, and the amazing support of my husband. It’s time for me to stop mistaking busy for important. It’s time for me to stop mistaking someone elses urgent problem or priority as something that trumps my own important priorities (this doesn’t mean I’m not going to help others, it just means I need to prioritize the needs and wants of others better.)
Yoga Sutra 1-14 “It is only when the correct practice is followed for a long time, without interruptions and with a quality of positive attitude and eagerness, that it can succeed.” ~ Pantajali (translated by T.K.V. Desikachar, The Heart of Yoga)
If I’m going to reach my end game, it’s time for me to cultivate single-minded focus (correct practice) and eliminate shiny object syndrome (interruptions).
Your mission today is to answer this question in the comments section: How will you do less so you can be more?
Peggy Nolan’s Bio
Peggy Nolan is a leading authority on self-care and personal development for women in the stepmom role. She has been referred to as the “Self-Care Queen” by her peers and clients because her strategies to reduce and manage stress work.
Peggy has been part of a stepfamily for over 40 years. She knows what it’s like to be a step-daughter, a step-sister, and a stepmom. Peggy is the mom of two adult children, the bonus mom of four adult children, and the grandmother of two.
Peggy’s articles have been featured in The Huffington Post, Divine Caroline, The Diva Toolbox, Applaud Women, Aspire, and StepMom Magazine. Peggy has also interviewed numerous leading experts in stepfamilies on her highly acclaimed internet radio show, The Stepmom’s Toolbox Radio Show.
As an almost ten year breast cancer survivor Peggy knows a thing or two about the critical importance of self-care and personal growth. She is a certified yoga teacher and she holds a 2nd degree black belt in Muay Thai Kickboxing. At the young age of 49, Peggy decided to take on the gentle art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Why? To learn something new, of course!
Peggy has a deep caring for women in the stepmom role. She knows first hand how challenging the role is. Her main focus is to help women thrive, become leaders in their families, and become happy, whole human beings.
Peggy lives in Derry, NH with her husband, Richard, and Edgar the Wonder Dog. Peggy and Richard love traveling, photography, playing with their grandchildren, and watching reruns of Star Trek and Doctor Who.
You can connect with Peggy at http://thestepmomstoolbox.com, on twitter at twitter.com/toolboxgirl and on Facebook at facebook.com/thestepmomstoolbox