It has been another day filled with busyness, juggling multiple agenda items and checking stuff off my to-do list. It is so very easy to board the “get it done” train, and then lose track of why I wanted to be on this particular train in the first place.
Busyness—our everyday and not-so-everyday activities—should not become an excuse for disconnecting from our passions and dreams. The best solution I have found for staying in touch with my inner passions and dreams is to make an appointment with myself (yes, it’s on my calendar) to spend thirty minutes each week, quietly listening to myself. It can take a few minutes to calm my mind, but each time I do, my heart and passions slip me morsels of wisdom that help put everything else into perspective.
Making this small investment of time to listen to your passions has the potential for many important returns. First, it helps you prioritize where you want to put your energies so that you can focus on doing what is most important to you. Second, it helps you navigate daily challenges more easily—because now you know, to a greater degree, where you are going and why. And finally, it can make the daily mundane more fun, because it becomes part of the bigger picture that matters to you.
- Make quiet time to listen. Find thirty minutes in your schedule to spend in a quiet place. Ask yourself: Where does my passion want to take me? Listen to what comes to mind and write it down. Let the juices flow for thirty minutes, with no judgment or editing.
- Compare what you hear in your mind to what you believe. At a later time, review what you wrote down. Are there any surprises? Identify a few instances where you wrote something that seems very different from how you see or think about yourself.
- Experiment with change. Make a commitment to yourself to follow up on something you heard in the quiet. For example, if you think of yourself as a multitasker, but you wrote down a desire to follow one passion, practice doing just one thing for an hour a day. See how it feels and whether it changes how you want to spend all your busy moments moving forward.