In the current global context, there’s never been a better time to challenge yourself to make a change you’ve been pining for. Sheltering in place doesn’t mean you have to stop progressing or put your personal growth on hold. The question is—is it the right time to encourage yourself to do something for you? Better yet—is it the right time to look within and discover what you’d love to do?
When it comes to time, we typically think about how little of it we have. Our duties and responsibilities often consume our day’s focus with little room left to break free of old routines. When the day is over, we may even reflect on what we’ve sacrificed just to make it through. But over time, days can blend one into the next leaving us grasping to understand why we’ve ignored our interests and ambitions for so long.
1. Instead of starting your day by organizing routines and activities, prioritize yourself. Blocking out an hour in the morning to pursue a personal interest can ensure you’re activating your ambitions.
2. Start today. Take an hour to yourself to consider what you’d love to learn, experience, do, create, make, or become. Pick the item that brings the most excitement and joy.
3. Tomorrow, spend the first hour of your day exploring that single passion. Challenge yourself by setting a goal. What are you trying to accomplish? How will you get there? Treating your personal interests like you would your responsibilities, can ensure you’re taking it seriously and making incremental progress.
There’s nothing wrong with taking time for yourself. Developing your passions can take days, weeks, months, or even years. But the most valuable part is that you’ll spend that time focused on real interests that make you into the person you want to be. Put yourself in perspective. Where are you now? Where do you want to be? When will you start?
Now, make the time for yourself.
“Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.”
– Nathaniel Hawthorne
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