I keep reading about how hard it is in the U.S. to keep ahead of the game financially and emotionally. How people are struggling and frightened.
I also know first- hand how hard it is to look at things from a different viewpoint. And, how hard it is to change your routine.
During the 3 1/2 yrs. that I was making the documentary film, I had to conceptualize exactly WHY I was obsessed with making the film. And what I came up with was this: “I was killing myself and you don’t have to.”
A few moments ago I read an article by a Paul Alan on the internet. I cannot say it better, so I am simply reprinting it here:
Priorities are powerful forces … assuming you’ve got them in the right order. And keeping them there requires continual monitoring.
So what are your priorities?
Most of us – myself included – get batted around like a pinball from one activity to the next. Our days are spent finishing up that urgent project at work for which the boss is breathing down our necks … seeing to the needs of our kids … phoning parents to check how they are … dashing to the shops to pick up a last-minute birthday present.
We go to bed exhausted, only to get up tomorrow and do it all over again. Lives spent scuttling from one weekend to the next, firefighting whatever today’s most pressing need happens to be.
But what about that life you’d really like to be leading? The one you keep nestled somewhere close to your heart?
We all have one, don’t we? That ‘if I won the Lottery …’ vision of how things would be in a perfect world. Where you’d like to live. How you’d like to spend your time. And with whom. The long-term dream.
Making that vision reality though takes consistent action, and time. Progressive, daily steps. And to do anything on a daily basis means prioritising.
It’s something with which I still struggle. But by persevering it’s starting to pay off. In fact I’m feeling pretty good, for I’ve finally finished revising and proofing the print version of my book on the pros and cons of moving abroad. It is now with the printer, the last step before public release next week!
It’s not been easy mind.
As with so many other people around the world, it’s been a tough 18 months.
The financial crisis has forced me to scramble for work like never before. And outside of the long work hours are my commitments as a husband and father.
As a result, it’s not always easy to find time to do the ‘non-urgent’ writing I really want, the books and screenplays that one day I hope will be my full-time occupation.
I realized though that unless I made the time, prioritized the writing in my day, it would never get done. And my dreams of being an author would go the same way.
It’s the same in all aspects of life. We all have to find time to pursue our dreams, whatever they are.
If you want to learn the piano it’s never going to happen unless you sit at the keyboard on a regular basis – preferably every day – and hammer out the notes.
How are you ever going to get your golf handicap down if you don’t go to the driving range, or get out on the course?
Ditto moving abroad. There may never be a great time to up-sticks. There are always other financial pressures, kids about to change schools, new job promotions in the offing. Valid obstacles that keep you from taking action, from grabbing that life you want.
But that’s the choice you must make. You have to seize the moment – take the requisite steps, however small, and make progress. Without it, your life will never become what you want it to be.