Along with some musings.
My 31st bday was not hugely different from the average day in the life. Slightly more self-indulgent, perhaps. (And a lot less guilt! Working on ridding myself of that not-so-helpful emotion.) But milestones like this make me a tad bit more contemplative. (New Years, Bdays, the beginning and end of each quarter and autumn in general make me feel the same way. Ah what the hell I just love an excuse for taking stock. It's in my nature.)
So in this contemplative state, things take on a new color and resonance. Something hit me this weekend while I was in Elena Brower's yoga class. (My first with her.) As a yoga teacher for nearly ten years, what I appreciated most about her class was how thoughtful she was about the preparation for it (I was right up front thanks to Justin and could see her notebook/notes). She even made notations during the flow. And I'm pretty sure it wasn't about our down dogs.
Nope. Her class was much more about a concept that involved feeling sensation/energy/emotion and then giving your body/mind the option to redistribute it.
Truly a great practice to have in life. How often do we get stagnant and let all the focus, energy, emotion go to ONE SPOT? (Like, for instance, when you are in a really long plank and all you can think about is how hard it is to hold that stinking plank?!) Well her point is that you can re-focus and re-distribute that
pain energy instead of sitting there in the thick of it.
How this applies to my Birthday Life Inventory is this: where am I letting my energy and focus pool and stagnate? What can I do to hit "recirculate?"
I stood at my white board last night and made 30, 60, and 90 day goals. For the first time (in a LOOOOOONG time) they don't have dollar amounts or client #s. Instead I put # of hours reading, meditating, writing, tweeting, blogging, walking, spending with family & friends, yogafying. Truly, I put on my goals list the things that I deem most important but that sometimes get scuttled to the end of my to do list because of the Urgent/Unimportant things that come up.
Now when I look at those goals, not only do they seem doable, but also they represent the things/people/experiences that are most important to me. Yes of course they include some business-related items. In fact, I love Angela Jia Kim's (founder of Om Aroma & Savor the Success) concept of "sending out ships" that may or may not come back to you as a way to approach new biz development, networking, media pitches and speaking opps. So my goals include very regular launching of ships great and small.
But the bottom line is this: if I am taking care of myself and my business and my Most Important Goals, then the rest will take care of itself.