Monday, May 31, 2021 (Day 151) – Happy Memorial Day!
Meditation Music for the week: In the Fields of Peace: Liquid Mind (8:06) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiUnxwRh1iw
Question: What would an ideal workday look like to you?
Answer: An ideal work day for me is when I get to do Life Design Catalyst work, whether it’s creating a new tool, teaching a class, facilitating a workshop, and/or connecting with LDC Tribe members. It’s my hope that I have to do NO registration, scheduling, and degree planning and spend my time doing LDC work. To be honest, I get to spend most of my day doing the work, so I’m living a lot of my idea workday already; but I know at some point, when I have to be in the office, I’ll have to do some type of registration stuff – and that makes my stomach turn. College is SO much more than getting the right classes; but we’ve spend so much time and money on processes and procedures that we do very little in terms of helping them grow and transform their lives. There’s a balance between achieving the numbers and helping students transform their lives…most institutions haven’t figured out how to do it. Anyway, I’ll continue to find ways to engage in my meaningful work as part of my ideal day on a more regular basis; just don’t know where it might happen.
So, I’m closing another month of writing, with May focused on Career. Here the month in review…
What did I learn about myself this month? I learned how much I want to find a way to create a place (Center for Transitions and Transformation) to do this work. I thought it was the Life Design Institute, but I realize that I need to be on a college campus or in a college setting. I know that I was put on this earth to serve students, faculty, and staff in higher education and that I’m suppose to make a difference and make an impact in that arena. It’s so clear to me…now, it’s just a matter of making it happen.
Which of the prompts this month were most challenging? I don’t know if there was a prompt that was especially challenging, since this was probably my favorite section to write about. Topics about money are never really comfortable for me, especially since that’s not my drive. I’m okay making less if I get a chance to do work I love, which is what happened when I moved down here to North Carolina. Job/Position titles don’t matter to me…Life Design Catalyst work is what matters to me.
Which of my answers most surprised me? There weren’t any answers that surprised me, since most were focused on LDC work in some form or another. The most interesting prompt for me was reflecting back on my parents, since both my mom and my dad worked at pretty good paying jobs. My mom was a great boss; most of the people that worked with her – both above and below her – loved working with her. I know she had some issues with her race and pay, but as a black woman in a higher-level position, that’s not a surprise. The problems she had 30-40 years ago still exist today…and that’s a shame.
Based on what I’ve written, one action I want to take over the next month is…completing my initial draft for my Center for Transitions and Transformation and send it out to people I know who could spread the message and help me create such a place somewhere.
Next months topic? Relationships. Now, that will be a hard one!
Sometimes, you don’t have to do big things to make positive change in your life. I read this article yesterday and loved it! Check out the article; see if there’s one thing you can do in June to make positive change in your life. Since there’s 100 things on the list, I’m sure you can find one. Here’s the article:
- 100 Very Short Rules for a Better Life – https://forge.medium.com/100-very-short-rules-for-a-better-life-f7f5191c7586
I found ten that I like – and I’m going to choose one to live by this month. Here are my top ten:
3. Forget about outcomes — focus on making a little progress every day.
11. Practice the law of action, not attraction. Instead of envisioning the future you want, create it.
21. If you want to be good and feel good, you have to do good. There is no escaping this.
24. Do your job well, whatever it is. Because how you do anything is how you do everything.
35. Stop looking for shortcuts. Do the work.
44. Don’t try to beat other people — try to be the only one doing exactly what you’re doing.
54. Ask yourself: How does this action I’m about to take affect other people?
59. Undersell and overdeliver.
62. Belief in yourself is overrated. Generate evidence.
92. “Ask yourself at every moment, ‘Is this necessary?’” — Marcus Aurelius
For this month, I will choose: 11. Practice the law of action, not attraction. Instead of envisioning the future you want, create it. And I know what I will work on – creating a Center for Transitions and Transformation by the end of the year, which means I have 7 months to get this Center off the ground. Law of action – create it! And by doing this, it will help knock of some of the others…
What about you?