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A Whole New Place

November 16th, 2010 · No Comments · Productivity, Vision

What if you ended your year in a whole new place?

As we reach mid-November, suddenly the end of the year has popped into view. I’m crazy-busy, and it seems like everyone around me is too. We’re pulled in all directions by demands, To Do lists and dreams. (Can you relate?) When it looks like we might not get it all done, it’s easy to think “I’ll do it next year…” or “If I can just make it through to the holidays.”

This time of year holds a hidden possibility. It’s a time of tremendous power. Just like in nature, it’s the harvest season, and we have the opportunity, if we claim it, to achieve breakthrough results. We can choose – amidst all the things we could do, should do, ought to do – to focus on doing the things that will make the biggest difference and realize meaningful results.

Have you heard of the Pareto principle? It states that out of everything we do, 20% of our efforts bring 80% of our results. But, how do we know what that 20% is?

The last few weeks of the year is a time of both completion and of new beginnings. Your “20% project” will bring closure and will put in place a platform for the possibilities of a new year. When you zero in on establishing this foundation, every action is leveraged and you feel fulfilled, motivated and inspired.

Access the power of concentration

This isn’t as easy as it might sound. It takes courage to boldly focus on a single priority, and bravely say “No” to everything else (for now). Often it means choosing between something that’s great, and something that’s even greater. We need to access the power of concentration, which gives us the creative juice and soul-level determination to realize the results we truly want.

For example, my 20% project is to finish a manuscript I’ve been working on for quite a while, and I’m exhilarated that it could be finished in the next few weeks. However, keeping this as my #1 focus has taken some tough choices. For example, it meant saying “No” to two courses I dearly wanted to take, because every minute I put into the coursework would be a minute taken away from my manuscript.

Though it was a tough choice, it forged a deep resolve and unleashed a wave of energy. I will end the year with not only a product – a finished manuscript – but with something even more important. I will be different. I will have an expanded capacity to focus and finish. I will truly start the year in a whole new place.

It is at the crucial 25th mile of a race that a marathon runner takes a deep breath, connects with the infinite power of the universe, drops down into her body and focuses on the finish line. And you too can engage this simplicity of focus and access a power that will carry you to a whole new place.

What one accomplishment, in the next few weeks, would make the biggest difference in your life? It might be to finish a project you’ve been working on for months, that’s reached its point of ripeness. It might be crafting a new organizational system that will bring more ease in the coming year. It could be re-committing to a self-care practice, even during the holiday season.

I invite you right now to stake that claim so that on December 31st you can say, “Wow, I really am in a new place in my business and life. I’m beyond where I’ve ever been before!”

Warmly,
Barb

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