Stop Living Your Life in Draft Mode
Sometimes I have an idea for an article, but don't have time to write it out completely. Other days I have the idea, but the meat of the article hasn't come to me yet. The words just aren't quite ready to unfold. When inspiration strikes, but it isn't convenient or isn't fully fledged, I write a quick blurb - usually 2 or 3 sentences - and save it as a draft in my blog. Every once in a while I pull the drafts up and take a look to see if any of the topics resonate with me. Is today the day that thought will fully flourish and the words will fly onto the paper?
This afternoon I counted 64 drafts waiting in my dashboard. That is 64 unfinished ideas. Sixty four potentially brilliant ideas that haven't been fully developed and haven't reached their potential. It got me thinking. If I have 64 drafts on my 8 month old blog, how many drafts are there on my 37 year old life? How many thoughts have I had about something I should pursue at work, or home, or with friends that were filed away into my brain's draft box and never resurrected. How many fledgling ideas have there been that have withered due to lack of attention.
Ultimately, I think reaching your potential and living the life you want requires vision, passion, and intention. Those draft ideas need to be treasured, cultivated and intentionally implemented. Each and every one of us has brilliant thoughts occasionally, it's the step of filing them into the draft box and then forgetting about them that prevents us from living life to our full potential. So what's it going to take for you to start acting on those ideas? What will it take for you to circle back, remember the thought, and decide if today is the day that thought will fully flourish and your life will flow into brilliance? You'll have to answer that for yourself, but here's mine.
A couple of months ago, Jen Gresham of Everyday Bright inspired me to write my to-be list. This differs from a to-do list in that it's bigger picture and helps you focus on what you really want from your life.
Step #1 - Understand your priorities. Write a to-be list.
Inspired by my blog dashboard, I am going to start recording the thoughts that I have regarding things to do or become or learn in my life. A bucket list if you will, but geared more toward who I want to become rather than things I want to accomplish.
Step #2 - Document your thoughts. Create a bucket list.
Periodically, I am going to reflect on my to-be list and my bucket list and see if any thoughts are rising to the top and ready to fly off the paper and into my life. The timing of periodically hasn't yet been decided, but I'm thinking once a month to start and see how that works.
Step #3 - Reflect.
When the stars align and the timing feels good, I am going to implement change. I intend to start with small change and work my way up to large shifts in my life, but will not allow fear to be an excuse that says timing isn't good right now. It is time to live with intention.