Weekly Wisdom

4 Lessons Learned from my Mental Vacation

It is so good to be back typing posts for this blog. The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of travel and classes.  Lately I feel like I have been in a classroom setting more than I have been on my office and I don’t remember signing up to go back to school.  But alas professional growth doesn’t happen on its own so I will stop thinking about the work on my desk and focus on the tasks associated with my new skills.  

One of the ironies of taking these classes is that it made me not want to look at anything with a built in keyboard and it momentarily took away my inspiration.  Not only didn’t I want to write but I also didn’t want to read anything not associated with a test.   The two things I enjoy the most became the two things I dreaded doing.

Now don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed these new work opportunities I am happy to look at my calendar and see no additional travel requirements and less back to back classes.  One of things which occurred to me during this time away is that it is so easy to let circumstances throw us off course from our goals.  

It was so easy to tell myself that it was ok to take a day off from Me, Inc (that is how I refer to my dreams).  I told myself that this vacation was a means to an end, the end being that my mind would be renewed which would result in increased creativity and focus.  For the most part that was true but the real truth was that each day spent away from books and keyboards resulted in less motivation to accomplish anything.  I became lazy and I didn’t like the feeling. It was almost as if my body was telling myself to get back to work on Me, Inc.

When my fingers tapped the keyboard for activities associated with me, I felt energized and I felt productive.  I now understand these truths about myself:

1.  It is ok for me to decide that my personal goals are more important than work priorities or any diversionary activity.  

2.  I am creating a habit within myself for goal achievement.  Which means I am training my mind and body to generate happiness from this process.

3. That vacations can be relaxing and cathartic but I can’t really escape from yourself.  I will always be there so I will take time off if I am physically on vacation with my family.  Family time was also cathartic.

4.  Sometimes I need to relax my expectations along with my to do list.  I won’t allow myself to try to do more than I know is possible.
Til next time,

The only thing blocking your progress is you. 

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