Nov 8 – Are you seizing or being seized? Are you able to pursue all the opportunities before you, or are you feeling overwhelmed and unable due to many constraints? Are you spending time on your most valuable work, or being constantly pulled away from it for what seems like more pressing matters? Are you feeling as though you have no control over what you ultimately would like to be focusing upon?
There are two definitions to the word “seize.” One definition is to “take hold of suddenly and forcibly,” and the second definition is to “take on an opportunity or initiative eagerly and decisively.” If you feel as though you are being pulled in a million directions, unable to make momentum-building decisions and take momentum-building actions, then you are in a reactionary mode of focusing on whatever is “suddenly” or “forcibly” beckoning your attention. To seize opportunities, you must seize your time back, or assess whatever is keeping you from doing or pursuing what you desire. You must own your role in allowing yourself to be seized upon.
Take an MM&I Moment to awaken to how you can shift from being seized upon to seizing your time, focus and energy back to contribute and bring value at your highest level of potential. What opportunities have you been unable to pursue and what are your current reasons why? How are you feeling overwhelmed and unable to pursue these opportunities? How are you being pulled away from your most valuable work? What are the matters that are always more pressing and are they really as urgent as they seem to be at the time? Where do you feel you have no control and where do you have control? Now look at all your answers as a whole. List where you have control and how you may be able to shift what you are doing or how you are doing it for greater efficiency. With anything that is pulling you in many directions, what can be delegated? What is truly necessary? What can wait? With all your opportunities, which can bring the greatest return on time and energy investment the fastest? Which opportunities can others assist you with pursuing? By going through this assessment, you should begin to realize greater focus and with focus comes the ability to take action. Whatever is worth pursuing is worth your daily attention. Don’t just chase your dreams, seize them at the junction of daily focus and inspired action.
Wide Awake Quote of the Week
“You must stay focused on your journey to greatness.” – Les Brown
Yours in dreaming WIDE awake,