The key to staying on track and creating a life that feels great for you is to take consistent small steps in the right direction. It is great to have a master list of what you want to be, do, and have for your best life. In fact, one of my previous blog posts explained how to use the Life Compass Tool for this very purpose. However, if you try to do everything on your master list all of the time, you will soon be overwhelmed and resort to doing very little. That is why I recommend breaking your master list into smaller, manageable pieces, what I call the Quarterly Focus List. Pick three to five items from your master list that your really feel like doing for the next twelve weeks. The goal is to create positive excitement, so try to avoid selecting “shoulds” or things other people want you to do. Ask yourself what you want to do and what would feel good. Write these down on a piece of paper and post it somewhere you will see frequently. Feel free to add pictures or graphics and annotate it during the quarter with gold stars or other kudos as you manifest your intentions.
In case you are thinking this is one more chore for your never ending to-do list, I have a trick for making this happen effortlessly.. Do it on the season changes – the Spring Equinox, the Summer Solstice, the Fall Equinox, and the Winter Solstice. It is hard to miss these occasions – TV, radio, newspapers, and the internet will let you know when these dates arrive. From now on, when you hear it is the first day of Spring, the beginning of Summer, the arrival of Fall, or the “shortest day of the year” in December, make a note to set aside 30 minutes to create your Quarterly Focus List. Don’t make it a big deal – review your Life Compass/master list and notice where you feel excited and ready.
When the next season approaches and you prepare to make your new Quarterly Focus List, don’t beat yourself up if you did not do everything perfectly from your last list. Perhaps you let a should get on the list or your priorities changed. Let it go and simply pick three to five new items for the new season. It is not necessary to keep an item on your list from season to season. Your interests, energy levels, and desires will change each time. That is the beauty of this system – you can tap into the seasonal activities and interests. I make sure to identify the seasonal foods I am eager to enjoy during the quarter to remind me to taker advantage of what is fresh and delicious..You may even find you are more present moment aware as you give yourself permission to focus on what you naturally want.. And at the end of four quarters, you can look back at the Quarterly Focus Lists and realize how much you have accomplished. Give it a try and let me know how it works for you.