In this example is the basic value proposition of Essentialism: only once you give yourself permission to stop trying to do it all, to stop saying yes to everyone, can you make your highest contribution towards the things that really matter.

“Essentialism” by Greg McKeown

In chatting with a coach recently, I revealed that one of my problem patterns is taking on too much stuff.

Two other things recently happened that also have me reflecting on this.

I had a conversation with my manager recently about long-term career goals. The things I had in mind were all over the map. Perhaps this is just because I want to keep my options open? Or maybe it’s because I don’t yet know what I want to do long term? In any case, there is no one future I’m currently rowing towards–I’m pulling myself in multiple directions.

As for my personal goals, they’re also all over the map. I’m making pretty good progress towards most of them still. However, to achieve all of them in 2020, I’ve realized that I will need to focus pretty hard on them which will leave me little opportunity for other things that may come up throughout the year. This could be fine, but seeing as many of my goals are centred around self-care this year, I don’t think having such a hardcore focus on something I’m not particularly passionate about will do much for me in the self-care area.

So maybe I need to spend some time reconnecting with the why and re-evaluating.

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