We just passed the mid-year mark with the celebration of Summer Solstice on June 21. I always consider it a good point to take stock of my life and make adjustments to ensure that the year progresses in a way that is personally satisfying and professionally rewarding.
This month’s ezine issue, “I’m just not that into you” – Kick your lukewarm passions to the curb aims to free you from pursuing projects, business opportunities or educational programs that “make sense” and therefore you “should do,” but that don’t hold any real excitement for you anymore. Perhaps they once did, but now you find that you dread working on them. Clearing some of these energy-sucking activities from your to-do list and calendar can ensure that you have the time to work on things that will really add value to your life and your business.
Snippets from the article:
I have the annoying tendency (so say family and friends) of equating most work issues to personal relationships. I can’t help myself when the analogies are so perfect!
- New products or services
- Pursuing an advanced degree or certificate program
- Joint ventures
- Business ideas
- Career promotions
I have had a couple of experiences with this, one many years ago, and one two days ago.
- The first was switching my senior year of college study abroad destination mid-program from Senegal, Africa to Bogota, Colombia. I had been an exchange student to Switzerland in high school and had met some very wonderful African students in my school. I got the bug to visit Africa, and made a pledge at the age of 17 to make sure I did as part of my college education. So for three years, I planned on my senior year adventure, and enrolled in a program through the University of Minnesota. I got all the way through my first month of preparation for my trip to Senegal, then realized that my heart was pulling me to Latin America. I had lived in Mexico my sophomore year, and was studying the Afro-Brazilian martial art form of capoeira. My brain said to stay the course and go to Senegal, especially since I had talked about it for so long, but my heart pulled me to Colombia. So I followed my heart and switched programs mid-semester. I have never regretted it, and making such a courageous choice bolstered my courage to make more later in life.
- The second, much less significant but still affirming example was nixing a product idea that I had been working on for a long time in favor of another. I am in the middle of participating in a group coaching program called The Product Factory in which you build and launch a product in 90 days. The end date is Sept. 24, which is exactly one week before my baby is due, so I thought it would be perfect timing to get a “passive revenue” product out the door. The only problem was, although I felt the product I chose to develop had great value and potential to my target market, I had no real enthusiasm to do it. After fighting to do my assignments for a couple of weeks, I realized that I had a choice to scrap it in favor of something more interesting! It was a simple but liberating thought. I know I will develop the other product later, but most likely hire someone else to do it for me since the subject is neither a strength nor a real interest. But it is a great need for my market, so it is worth investing in.
- When you sit down to work on it , you don’t feel much of anything
- You find yourself justifying its value or purpose, but don’t really believe your own reasons
- When you step back to view it in the context of your long-term strategies or goals, it either doesn’t fit, or plays a minor role
To read about what to do about it, view the whole article here.
What are you planning to kick to the curb on the cusp of the Solstice so that you can devote time to more engaging, profitable, energizing, meaningful and fun endeavors?