My older daughter is an Irish Dancer.
This last weekend, her troupe did their biggest performance of the year. We watched it on Saturday, and it was beautiful.
More than anything, I was struck by how confident and radiant my daughter looked up there… and how fast her feet can move!
She’s been at this for more than 10 years. There have been ups and downs. Moments of frustration. Injuries. But mostly, it’s a source of pride and joy for her.
She’s not in it for the competition. (Her troupe is a performance troupe and doesn’t really go in for the competition circuit.) She’s not in it for the accolades. Or for it looking good on a resume. Or as a career path.
She’s in it because she loves it.
And I know she loves it because she makes time for it. She’s one busy young lady. She’s an honors student, working on getting two degrees, and also serving as a Resident Assistant in her dorm.
It would be easy — so easy — for her to decide she doesn’t have time for dance. But she makes the time. Because she loves it.
Do you have something like that? Something you love? Something you can practice at and work at and sacrifice for?
If not, why not? Is it because you stopped making the time? Or is it because you haven’t really found that something yet?
No matter the answer, if you don’t have something you love just for the sake of doing it, I would challenge you, during the course of the next year, to find that thing and make time for it.
Because having something in your life that you love to do is a great source of creative energy. Not to mention a great source of joy. And you deserve those things.
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If you missed my interview with Steve Maurer last week, it was pretty great. Steve shared one inspiring insight after the next… all practical ways to build your writing business. The recording is available, so make sure you give it a listen. It’ll be the best 35 minutes you spend this week!
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In her latest Reality Blog, Tracy Wilson talks about something near and dear to my heart… setting goals. But more importantly, resisting the urge to set too many goals (something I am routinely guilty of). Tracy talks about the best way to prioritize and get a narrow focus… which will help you make real progress in the coming year.
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December 5: Our next Monthly Member Update is this week. And speaking of goal-setting, that’s going to be our topic. I’ll share my process for getting crystal-clear on what you want to accomplish and for adjusting your set point. I’ll also share an alternative way to set goals that could be just the thing if you’ve been spinning your wheels. Join us and set yourself up to get 2019 off to a fantastic start.
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That’s all for now. Make it a great week!