The past few weeks I've been trying to organize everything. Every day I plan out my life hour by hour and I still don't have the time to get it all done! My calendar is a rainbow of appointments, meetings, classes, due dates, and church activities.
With all this hullabaloo that is life, We sometimes focus too much on the now and not enough on the later. I thought I would take the time to tell ya'll what my ultimate life goal is so that I can put things back in perspective.
My life goal is to use my ability to strengthen people's spirits, get people involved, and help people through difficult times in order to support families and help them achieve their own goals, gain self-confidence and have better relationships.
Wow. Pretty hefty challenge, right? I have this written on a note card above my desk and I look at it often. Knowing that it's written out and displayed in my bedroom helps me to keep things in perspective, but lately the eternal perspective has been harder to keep around. How do we overcome the short-term preocupaciones so that we can remember the life goals?
1. Remember God. All things will be a small moment compared to eternity. If you spent time counseling with your Father in Heaven, then you will strengthen that relationship and be able to see what He has in store for you. This can come in the form of your Patriarchal Blessing, the Scriptures, Prayer, or simply quiet meditation. I know that Remembering God has put things in perspective for me many a time!
2. Take Time Planning. You can't plan every event, but having a clear mind each day can make it easier to see what the future holds. Don't get too detailed with your plans because that can mess you up. Just be aware of the time you have and how it can be best spent. For me this means a daily, weekly, and monthly calendar as well as empty spaces. Do what works for you. Also remember that your plans are open to change!
3. Make Connections. When you have things planned out hour-by-hour like I do, it's hard to make the goals more than just a checklist. This is where making connections comes in play. At the end of the day when you think of all the things you have done try to see how they relate to your bigger goals. For example: Today so far I've blogged, gone to class, and answered a few emails for NSLS. How have these actions helped me to achieve my life goal (as stated above)? A good way to make connections is to draw it out on a piece of paper. Web diagrams work for me, but there are a million ways to visualize the connections between your daily actions and your goals.
These are just a few ways that I have been able to reassess my goals and see what my future brings. Hold on to the goals you have and keep them in mind or you will get lost in the storms of daily life. It's hard, but it's worth it!
Thanks for reading!