Evaluate Your Life

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As we quickly near the end of 2012, I find myself looking back at the year and the goals I made at the beginning. I accomplished a few, but for the most part, I’m disappointed in what I didn’t accomplish.  I’m already starting to think ahead to 2013 and what I want to accomplish next year and now’s a good time to start thinking about it.  By starting before the end of the year, I can see what worked, ask myself why and try to figure out what I really want to see change next year.

A couple of weeks ago, I was taking a quick walk around the block in the middle of my work day.  I began yelling at myself about how unhappy I was at work and how much I had allowed myself to become entangled in the drama surrounding me.  I had begun to take on others’ unhappiness in such a way that I was becoming as unhappy as they were. 

That’s when I stopped myself.  I decided right then and there that I was going to withdraw from the drama and stop seeking it out.  I felt a little better and over the last 2 weeks, I’m happier, but that’s not the only reason.

The quote, “Live the life you love,” came into my head and really got me thinking.  If I were to live the life I love, what would that mean?  What does it look like in every part of my life, not just my work life.  To go even deeper, why does what I choose matter?  For example, if I state that part of loving my life would be to work at home for myself, why?  What I’m looking for is to truly define the life I love so that when I get there, I recognize it and I can set goals to get me there.

I even stumbled upon a book in my personal library titled “Live the Life You Love” by Barbara Sher.  I’ve started working through it, but I’m not sure it’s entirely what I was looking for.  I have also completed a life plan template I found from Michael Hyatt which I plan on using to help me answer the questions to living the life I love.  It took some time to complete and was pretty thorough.

I also sat down when I got back to my desk from my walk and wrote down what I was thinking, what I wanted to address and in which areas.  I knew that if I left it to my memory, I’d never remember even half of what I had come up with during my walk.  I’m still pretty excited about defining that and plugging through Barbara Sher’s book.  As I’ve said in previous posts, it’s time to lay out a plan and figure out where I want to be.  No one can decide that but me.

So, that’s how I’ve decided to evaluate my life.  What about you?  How is your life going?  Care to check in?

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