“I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun” Thomas Edison
You’d agree there is much discussion on setting our goals for 2012 and creating the best year that we have ever had. And that’s a good thing, isn’t it? It is an opportunity to clear out the old and bring in the new and step up even more than we ever have before. You would know this is how success is created in any area of your life. It is also a timely reminder to ensure that when creating these goals, when creating this focus for our best year yet, that we take a moment to remember for what purpose we are on this path. And today I thought was a good day to put out the reminder that success can and definitely also should be fun as you embark on another year of your professional life coaching journey.
Absolutely your success is about stepping up and stretching yourself further than you ever have before, for it takes action, commitment and focus to create the results that you seek. Yet I feel that our efforts would be hollow if there was no fun or enjoyment in the process. You know that in order for you to be resilient in those times of challenge you have to have passion for what you do. And having fun and enjoying what you do is key to creating a beautiful and enriched life. After all, if you don’t enjoy it then why do it?
Do you remember when you were a child and you were taken along to an event that you really didn’t want to go to? Do you remember why? I can remember sometimes going along to a relative’s house and I dreaded going. And the reason was there was nothing for me to do, and running around inside the home was frowned upon, as it was important to be polite and ‘well behaved’. That meant sitting politely on the couch, avoiding eye contact with other siblings, for fear we’d burst out laughing at nothing in particular. And oh, how the time dragged on as a result! It wasn’t fun at all and I didn’t enjoy it.
Yet other times when we’d visit other friends or relatives, I’d be so eager to get going I’d be ready way before we were scheduled to hop in the car. All because I knew I was in for some fun and a half. I distinctly remember visiting my grandparents down by the beach and we just had a ball. We were encouraged to run around outside, go down to the beach and simply be free to have fun, and leave space for the adults to chat. It was awesome. And the day would fly by and it was always a surprise to be told it was time to go again. So reluctantly I would get back into the car, finding every excuse I could to linger on in this temporary place of paradise and freedom.
And so this is how I intend to have the best year yet in my professional coaching career and my life, as will so many of my colleagues. My husband and I spent time earlier this week finalising our 2012 goals, and we included what we intend to do for fun. This includes how often we’re going to spend quality time together, how all our goals have foundation in what we are passionate about and what we love about our life. And we had so much fun creating these goals and dreams that time just flew by. We know that being grateful for what we have and what we can achieve is based on how much we can enjoy the experience along the way. When you love what you do, when you are passionate about your results you and I know when we look back in 12 months time we will once again be like the child of yesteryear, amazed at how quickly the time flew by and how much fun we had packed into our days. And that’s a pretty cool way to be, wouldn’t you agree?
“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”
Dr Seuss (Oh, the Places You’lll Go!)
What are your goals around having fun in 2012? Why not share them with us on Facebook? Have a fantastic Wednesday and Happy New Year!!! Kate Welk