It's Friday — and another week has flown by. Cooler weather and shorter days may finally persuade the leaves to burst out in full color any day now.
This is the part of your week where you remind yourself about your intention to live deliberately. Life is flying by at 1,000 miles an hour. The world is changing very fast. The antidote, of course, is to slow down — just for a moment — and let your inner life catch up with your outer persona. Experience is a great teacher, if we will just pause long enough to absorb her lessons.
Set aside this email until you can carve out 15 - 20 minutes to slow down, pause, and reflect.
Step 1: Start by asking yourself the standard suite of Weekly Wrap questions:
- What did you accomplish this week?
What can you check off as ‘completed?’
- What else did you work on?
What else consumed major amounts of your energy this week? What initiatives did you move the needle on? How were you able to influence change?
- Who helped you?
To whom do you owe a debt of gratitude? Can you send an email or hand-written note to thank them?
Step 2: Dig a little deeper:
- How did you show up?
When you encountered people this week, how did they experience you?
- How well did you honor the person you want to be?
Who do you want to be? How well did you honor your values? What did you do this week that fed into your aspirations?
Bonus: Career Enhancing Habit
Send your boss an email with a few bullets from #1 and #2 above. Do this every week. (See: Control The Message.)
In the conclusion to Walden, Thoreau wrote, "I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
Take a break this weekend if you can. Let's meet back here on Monday.