There are all sorts of times in life when we feel the “itch” to do something different. We get bored, frustrated, or enticed and need to look for something new and different to do either with our work or play. Mid-life crisis is one of those times that hit, and it can hit pretty hard.
When mine came I’d already done the “sports car” thing, already had challenged myself with educational pursuits, etc. So I decided to travel to Nepal alone.
It was a predetermined goal that I take a journal and write down my thoughts about what I wanted to change in my life. As the planets aligned to give me the adventure I was after, I got lost for several days and had plenty of time to write.
When you have no time constraints, no phones ringing, no texts tweeting you, no emails tugging, you can devote your quiet time to focus/meditate on nothing but yourself. Think about that for a moment. Focus only on yourself, for hours, & days. When concentration that unique pops up you have to take advantage of it, and I did.
When I got home and settled back into the “life” of a financial planner it took me a couple of months before I pulled out my journal and began reviewing my notes. The frustration with my life shone through clearly and I knew that I was going to implement the important changes right away and others as time would allow.
The list wasn’t long, but it was fairly concise. I knew that it would take some time to reach all of the goals, but I felt confident that I would achieve them.
Now, here I am 20 years later and the list is coming to total completion. I wasn’t in any hurry as I wanted to enjoy each of the goals along the way, spend time completing them and feel the exhilaration that comes with accomplishment. Some of the goals had failure written all over them, but like anything in this world, there are options if you look for them, so success can still be realized.
As I look back, it was the quiet time of journaling that made all of this possible. Had I not been able to focus clearly and write my thoughts and desires down, they may have never been discovered. We only get so much time to “live” our lives. You can’t live it if you don’t have a clue who you are and what you want. take time to meditate, clear your mind and then record your thoughts.
You must to distill the chaotic thoughts out and concentrate on the ones that are meaningful. You have to have intent and desire to arrive successfully at pertinent goals, and keep them uppermost in your mind during your daily pursuits.