Every Sunday I map out my week, everything from appointments to practices to chores to workouts to personal goals and everything in between, because you have to plan for something if you want it to actually happen. It feels great to have a tangible plan (“Let’s do this, folks!”), and yet, it can also feel very daunting to have so many to-do items on the list.
Then real life on Monday happens. I sleep through my workout and devotion time. We run late. An unexpected errand ruins my plan. My ideals are shattered and it’s easy to feel like a failure by 10 a.m.
This is a pessimistic way of doing life. I can’t keep packing my day with feelings of frustration and inadequacy. No, planning isn’t the problem, my perspective is. I’m keeping my calendar and my to-do list, but instead of focusing on what I haven’t accomplished, I’m going to focus on what I have accomplished. It’s time to rewire my thought process.
I’m flipping my usual end-of-the-day “What didn’t I get to today?” question to an exclamation of “Wow, look what I did today!” I’m going to celebrate and appreciate what I was able to do. I know I’m accomplishing a lot. Yeah, there’s still a mountain of laundry. Yeah, I’m not working out as much as I’d like. Yeah, I still didn’t make that appointment. But, hey, the kids and I tackled a hard assignment, dinner made it to the table on time and someone ran the vacuum. There will always be losses but there are also victories in each and every day! I’m going to focus on the latter.
I know I’m not alone. I see my friends doing the same thing. So, I want to extend this challenge to all of us: Can we just spend a few minutes, days, weeks, focusing on what we were able to do? If we really think about it, we’re doing quite a lot every day. In fact, we’re downright amazing! Others see it in us; let’s start seeing it in ourselves.
So, what did you do today?!