VQC #10: Still Shakin’ the Tree

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Today is a good day on the Vision Quest. When I say good, like most people, I mean I am grateful for what I am getting. Although I was up late last night I did make it up this morning to go to a new yoga class. After two weeks of missing I had no choice. I was beginning to atrophy. My ability to move and to flow and to even breath was being compromised. So glad I went. Not cured, but getting there. I did a run through of the survey as I said I would last night and have made a few minor changes and sent off to a friend/editor for her to do a beta test of it for me. I hope to have it done and start putting it out there by COB Monday. It seems like everything takes longer than I want it to. Balancing my desire with patience is always an issue when it comes to living my Vision. I really admire people who are productive and patient. I feel like I am either dragging my feet or on fire. I know I am not alone in this. Where is the balance?

I am curious how you maintain patience as you work toward your goals. How do you enjoy the journey?

(first posted 4.25.09)

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For over 12 years Nicole Cutts, Ph.D., licensed Clinical Psychologist, Success Coach, Author and Organizational Consultant has been inspiring and empowering people to achieve a more balanced and successful lifestyle. Dr. Cutts has consulted with and trained executives, managers, and teams at Fortune 500 Companies, Federal Government Agencies, and Non-Profit Organizations. As a master facilitator and Success Coach, she helps people create an exceptional life by honoring their mind, body, and spirit so they can experience joy, passion, meaning, and ultimate success in their work.
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1 Response to VQC #10: Still Shakin’ the Tree

  1. Chuck says:

    Your challenge of balancing urgency with patience is a huge struggle for me. To a large extent this dilemma translates into anxiety for me…much of my time is spent in the over-anxious state. I am fortunate to have friends and family who give me feedback when I am in this state. When I am in this state my normal calm and confident demeanor vanishes which affects people around me in an unhealthy manner. At the other extreme, I withdraw and become slug-like. I seem to have two states—On and Off. In one, I am the energizer bunny on steroids–in the other I am a couch potatoe without a couch.

    So how do you get to the optimal state of balance. My friends have advised me to take up meditation…most of the time when I try this–I fall asleep–I suppose this is why many people take up yoga which always struck me as a kind of group meditation.

    This past week, I went to a lecture by Robert Rosen (CEO of Healthy Companies) His book Just Enough Anxiety addresses the dilemma…how to create a healthy level of anxiety…too little and you accomplish little…too much and you are your own worst enemy. I need to read this book…in many ways reading (followed by refleftion) is one way of restoring balance…

    I think that answer may reside in the acceptance that eveything we do in life must be with balance as an objective–there is no such thing as a free lunch—everything we do (no matter how noble and well intentioned) comes with a price. Reading for example, can make me anxious—there is so much to know–and so little time.

    Which takes us back to vision…if life is s serious of paradoxes and dilemma’s–knowing where we are headed can help us make good choices…


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