Give yourself permission to think small

Do you ever feel like most of what you do is just a shot in the dark? That you’re flying by the seat of your pants? That you had a pocketful of coins that long ago spilled out through a ripped seam and you’ve been kneeling and scooping and frantically trying to get them back in your pocket for as long as you can remember?

What if you could stand on your feet, coins safely pocketed and carefully, calmly and deliberately orchestrate the events of your life (as much as is possible in this chaotic world)?

Try answering these questions:

Long term: What do you want out of life? What does your fantasy life look, feel, taste and smell like?

Short term: What three things do you want to accomplish in the next year (or so)?

The answers to these questions will likely change over the course of time, but no matter what, never lose sight of them. They are your guide posts. All day, every day, ask yourself: Is this choice getting me closer to where I want to be, who I want to be, what I want to accomplish? Will this choice help me accomplish my three big goals? Is this choice bringing me happiness both in the long and short term?

If you consistently engage in activities for which the answer to these questions is NO, then get used to kneeling on the floor, frantically scooping up your dropped change.

The funny part about this is how simple it is. I heard this stuff a lot and never believed it. And then…I tried it. And there it was: Peace that comes from clarity and simplicity. A greater sense of purpose that arises from the simple act of setting intentions.

Don’t let this hyper-busy world fool you. Keep it simple. And remember:

Sometimes, it’s okay to think small. {Tweet it!}

What are your three big goals for this year?