Stop Wishing Your Life Away

Climber standing atop mountain with another in distanceLearn to appreciate the joy that comes from and surrounds the work.

By Bill Reeb

We spend about 99.7 percent (statistic totally fabricated but the phrase “vast majority” would certainly apply) of our time en route to some objective. If you can find happiness, serenity or a feeling of success only when you arrive at your intended destinations, then you are destined to be unhappy or feeling unsuccessful almost all of the time.

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I remember my wife and I vacationing in Puerto Rico many years ago. We decided to go to the El Yunque National Forest Reserve and walk up to the top of one of the El Yunque mountains. Given that we like to hike, this was not a difficult climb because it was only about five miles roundtrip on a paved path.
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Determining Your Desires Should Be an Active Process

woman ladder binoculars city view outlook vision success climb AdobeStock_57204649.jpegBONUS: A flowchart of desire.

By Bill Reeb

I believe that every day, in a way, we do exactly what we want to do or what we desire. For instance, you might be frustrated by your present weight, but if you don’t change your eating habits or exercise regimen, then you clearly do not desire to lose weight.

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Another idea that complicates determining what we want, which is far more subtle and complex, is that we subconsciously or consciously suppress many of our desires.
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A Clear Direction Provides You a Sanity Check

Upward arrows illustrating being on or off trackWhen new ideas arise, ask how they fit.

By Bill Reeb

Without clear direction, every alternative seems like an opportunity. With direction comes a course of action, whether that is to preserve what you have or achieve something different. Knowing what direction you want to head will drive the creation of a plan. And the greatest benefit of planning is that it provides you with a sanity check to know when you are drifting off course.

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Regardless of whether we are talking about your personal life, career or business, I believe it is nearly impossible to get to your desired destination (accomplish your goals) in a straight line. We end up straying from our original course because of mistakes we make along the way, opportunities (detours) we see that we can’t pass up, or just having to deal with the chaos that permeates our lives.
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Don’t Let Inertia Determine Your Direction

Train tracks going both ahead and off to leftYou DO get to choose.

By Bill Reeb

Inertia can be like drifting, which actually describes what many people do. What I mean is, many people just do more of what they did yesterday to keep afloat, or robotically attempt the next incremental step forward from where they are right now. It is as if they are treading water working hard throughout life and just letting the current take them wherever it is going.

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The breakdown in this approach is that it presumes you are exactly where you want to be right now, and that the current is going in the direction you want to go. Overachievers often find themselves in this predicament: working hard treading water going with the current without a clear direction in mind.
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Know Where You Are Running To

Businessman crossing finish line after leaping hurdlesDo you have a goal or just a speed?

By Bill Reeb

If you decide you want to make some changes, that's great.

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But before you start running away from whatever it is that you don’t like, make sure you know what you are running toward.

Consider this scenario...

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Refining Desire

Businesswoman at crossroads, facing two pathsIf you can’t use your time and apply your energy on your highest priority items, what does that disconnect say?

By Bill Reeb

Having a desire for something is the first step in your process. Once you have identified what is important to you, the desire step then includes creating

  • a plan,
  • plan tactics,
  • a realistic timeline and
  • reasonable expectations.

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My approach is to immediately start introducing you to a variety of techniques, each followed by a short exercise that will ask you to assess how you are performing as well as how you might apply the technique to help maintain or start building momentum toward your objective. These techniques are focused on helping you discover what you want to achieve.
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What Does ‘Getting Stuck’ or ‘Being Stuck’ Mean?

Businessman stuck in pavementWatch for these 3 early warning signals.

By Bill Reeb

Based on experiences in my own life and decades working as a coach and consultant to very successful business executives and owners, getting more out of your life often comes down to how quickly you recognize and respond to the early warning signs like losing momentum, suffering from diminishing returns on your efforts, or experiencing the disconnect between what you are thinking and what you want to do.

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Overachievers get stuck regularly. For us, this is simply life in action.
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