Your Days are Your Life in MiniatureMay 25, 2021
As I was reflecting on the various topics that I could select to write about for this "one-thing" article, I have to admit that I was struggling in narrowing it down. This week, I have had the opportunity to spend a lot of time contributing to both my personal and professional growth so it was difficult to identify only one stand-out topic. And then, almost serendipitously, it came to me. By the way, if you don't know what the "one-thing" topic is, I invite you to check out my previous post where I introduce you to the "one thing". (Check it out here)
As I was working through a coaching program that I am a member of, because yes- even coaches need coaches, I was introduced to the concept that "your days are your life in miniature", and "a great life is nothing more than a series of well-lived days strung together." I literally hit the stop button and just sat there after hearing that.
One of the areas that I train and coach on is the importance of being more mindful and being intentional with your actions. Research has shown that as much as 40% of our daily behaviors are done automatically, out of habit, outside of conscious awareness and it is these habits and behaviors that either contribute to our success or lead us further from our goals. So, the first step is awareness, and the best way to increase our awareness is through being present-moment focused and taking time for intentional reflection.
I think the reason that this way of looking at our days and our life resonated with me so much is because we so often are just going through the motions and wasting away our days. When we are on auto-pilot and we are not intentional with our daily behaviors, we relinquish the time we have on this Earth to fulfill our greater purpose. If our days are our lives in miniature, I believe it becomes more important to ensure that our days are lived fully, with passion, and to our greatest potential. This one statement provided much more clarity around the importance of purposeful behavior and intention outside of simple goal pursuit.
I encourage you to take the time to reflect on this idea and at the end of the day, before you close your eyes, ask yourself "Was my day representative of what I want out of life?". And if it wasn't, you have the opportunity the next morning to make different decisions and take different actions.
Thank you for taking the time to read my reflections and I hope that they provided you with some value that you can use to move the needle one step closer to reaching your full potential.
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