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I hope you are having a pleasant weekend.
For today’s post, I’ve delved into my daily writing practice journal and would like to share an entry written in September last year.
I hope you will enjoy reading it but more to the point, I hope it will encourage or inspire someone out there, to keep pursuing your dreams and working at your goals.
I’ve done it once before.
When you’ve spent a certain period of time committing to a particular goal, and disciplining yourself to do whatever is necessary to achieve that goal, it can be easy once it has been accomplished to sit back and take it easy. To rest on your laurels!
It happened to me some years ago after spending 3 years concentrating on full-time undergraduate study to achieve my English degree. Once I became the proud owner of a 2.1 honours degree, I felt slightly at a loss. No reason I told myself to continue to be stringent, and constrain myself within the straitjacket of self-discipline. Relax. Take it easy. Take time to smell the coffee, or the roses, and enjoy your new found liberty.
Only my “liberty” became a liability. Because there was no reason, no deadline, no urgent demand to discipline myself to achieve, I chucked the whole shebang out of the window. I revelled in my new found freedom.
What I didn’t know then was that discipline represents freedom. Because when you are disciplined with your time, when you are aiming at a particular goal, when you are tied to a deadline, you have freedom to pursue your dream AND. Pursue my dream and go to the cinema, or blah blah. But when I am undisciplined, when I take time off and embark upon a “free-to-do-whatever-I-want” binge, I end up wasting time, not achieving, or pursuing anything significant and then having to play “catch-up”! And I end up feeling guilty about all the wasted time and opportunities to do something constructive, to create, to employ my time and energy in worthwhile endeavours, which affirm, or fulfil me.
So I’ve been around that particular block before.
Yet here I am. Having achieved a decades-long outstanding dream (the completion and publication of my book), I find myself once again on that same route. The one strewn with laurel leaves.
Of course there’s nothing wrong with taking a break, enjoying a well-earned time of rest. But if that break, that period of rest stretches on and on and on, and if that time of rest is being taken when there is something you could be doing, could be pursuing, could be learning, or honing, or preparing, then somewhere in the corner of your soul, there is a niggle, a discomfort, a squashed down conscience. Because you know, at least let me say, I know that I’m wasting valuable time. And that time can never be retrieved. And when you could have been further along the route of accomplishment, instead you are having to start, or re-start. And because you have been resting on your laurels for far too long, you struggle to do so. It’s almost like the car with a cold engine. It has to be warmed up before you can drive it where you wish to go.
And so, dear reader, the moral of my post today is this: if you desire to make the most of your life, if you wish to walk through life as a purpose-driven achiever, then don’t be tempted to rest (indefinitely) on your laurels!
Which personality type are you?
- An underachiever?
- A workaholic?
- Someone who rests upon their laurels?
How do you attempt to bring a balance to your life?
Carol (aka Lady Cee)
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