I was reading a book recently microDOMINATION by Trevor Young and it got me thinking:
What am I known for?
I decided to put it out there on Facebook to find out what I was known for, and some of the comments were:
“Never sitting still” – Tracey Mathers
“Being indefinable” – Liz Gibbins
“Driven, entrepreneurial and focussed” – Lauren Sweeney
and most others were along the same lines as BUSY!!
What I realised is that as much as I don’t really feel busy, to the world it looks like I never stop, I’m always on the go, and am bored easily.
I still get at least 8 hours of sleep a night (quality has declined since having a child) but I still get sufficient rest.
I have me time. I go to the movies, I get a massage once a month, I go to the hairdresser etc… But asking this question publicly has me thinking – I don’t really ever stop – well I don’t do nothing. I’m always doing something.
I also went on a mission to do nothing one day – and it’s really boring! What is the point of not living life to the fullest? Why not fill it with beautiful opportunities to do the things you love. I watch Neighbours and Home and Away, I play with Liam and his animals, we eat together and I am there most nights he goes to sleep. Doing nothing is a waste of time.
After asking the question publicly I then wrote my own list – some of the items were similar – Always on the move (my Grade 5 teacher used to call me BP – on the move), it is obviously a trait that isn’t going to change anytime soon, creative, busy, passionate, motivated, and messy (YES PAUL I KNOW I AM).
I also did my annual SWOT analysis on myself (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) and have realised that 2013 I finally turned one of my weaknesses into a strength, but had added another weakness into that box instead.
My strengths are:
DRIVE | CREATIVE MIND | ABILITY TO PROBLEM SOLVE | PEOPLE
My weaknesses are:
DOESN’T FINISH THINGS | EASILY DISTRACTED | MESSY
SPEND TIME WITH LIAM | LEARN | MAKE MONEY | CHOICE AND FLEXIBILITY IN LIFE
FINANCIAL | BURNOUT | TIRED | MISS LIAM GROWING UP
By consistently evaluating where I am with my life, and adjusting things to keep my life balanced, it means that my definition of HAPPY is simple to achieve. It is when I get too BUSY that the balance is gone and something has to change.
To me the key to happiness is knowing who you are, where you are at in your own life, what you want and remaining agile. It is about setting up your life the way you want so you can be flexible to change when you want to/need to without permission.
What are your strengths?