I once heard a speaker at a conference do an entire presentation about the time they “took their eye off the ball” and the impact this neglect had on their primary goal of building their new business. Being a fairly focused person, I couldn’t quite relate to their message at the time but the penny dropped some years later when I did something similar! Writing a book needn’t have precluded other important aspects of my life.
The message here – regardless of what other ventures and or exciting people and projects come along your way, is do not give up your original dream, project or intention in pursuit of the other. Continue to nurture your dream, goals and intentions. Like planting seeds in your garden – provide the best growth conditions you can – water it regularly, feed it the right nutrients and generally keep an eye on its ongoing requirements.
It can be a challenge to keep our commitment to our dreams, passion and goals while also maintaining other important aspects of our life. Our time and energy is limited on planet earth so why not grab it with zeal and give it your best shot. Research on happiness indicates that our sense of satisfaction comes through engaging in what is meaningful for us. Once you have identified these –stay on track and remind yourself when you take your eye off the ball for longer than desirable!
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Jasbindar Singh is business psychologist who loves helping her clients achieve their goals and lead fulfilling lives.