Time to Reflect: Passion Challenge 2015 Halfway Point
We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see. – Taoist Proverb
Welcome to the midpoint of our Passion Challenge 2015. With six months under our belt and six months left of the year, it is time to STOP and REFLECT on our journey.
Reflection is a vital component to any successful endeavor. Running, running, running without the benefit of reflecting, reflecting, reflecting will leave you STUCK STUCK STUCK in one place. The secret of moving forward is planning, doing and reflecting.
Where are YOU on your journey? Whether you are seeking a new job/career, enhancing your current job/career, working on relationships or redirecting your life on an entirely new track, here is some food for thought and reflection:
· I am MOVING FORWARD on my Passion Challenge 2015 path – This is ultimately where you want to be at the midpoint of the year through December. You’ve made a commitment to yourself, a goal, and are consciously taking the steps necessary to fulfill this commitment to living a conscious, passion-filled life. The simple act of moving forward, whether with baby steps or in leaps and bounds, means you are on the right path. At this point, you want to reflect on how you can improve the process, but don’t forget to celebrate the small victories.
· I am STUCK on my Passion Challenge 2015 path – At this midpoint, you have a goal you are working towards, but are not making any progress. This may be due to unforeseen obstacles that you are encountering, the feeling that the path you’ve chosen isn’t really what you want, a lack of support from others, various distractions, procrastination or simple exhaustion and fatigue. The most important thing here is to NOT GIVE UP. Take the year’s midpoint to re-energize and figure out what is working for you, and what needs to be tweaked. If you need to change direction, so be it. If you need to explore alternative plans, so be it. The most important goal is to figure out how to start moving forward again, and make a commitment to do that.
· I am COMPLETELY LOST on my Passion Challenge 2015 path – Perhaps you haven’t started, or maybe you’ve stopped and started several times, and you feel like you are heading absolutely nowhere. It is NEVER too late to start exploring your options and thinking creatively about how to find more joy in your life. It is YOUR choice to live a happy, fulfilling, passionate life. If you choose joy, you will find a way to start and maintain the journey. The one thing I know for sure: playing the victim, no matter what your challenges, will never bring you lasting happiness. I encourage you to take this midpoint opportunity to restart your life and take the first step on your path to a passion-filled life.
Continue to document your progress by keeping notes, a journal, a lessons log or even an outline of where you’ve been and where you are heading. If you haven’t documented your progress, it’s never too late to start. With these “maps” of your journey, you can periodically reflect on your life.
This week, slow it down, reflect and then continue moving forward. And Happy Mid Year!
Dr. Lori Baker-Schena is the founder and chief executive officer of Baker Schena Communications, a firm dedicated to “Unleashing Your Potential Through the Power of Words.” We offer motivational speaking, leadership consulting and medical writing services. Find us at www.loribakerschena.com