Recently I attended a commitment seminar (Landmark Forum), and we were asked to make a list of what we are committed to in our lives. “Easy enough,” I thought, so I wrote down things like, health, yoga, teaching, being a good wife, love, contentment, learning, saving money, and a few others.
Next, we were asked to reflect upon our moment-to-moment and day-to-day actions to see how they corresponded with our declared commitments. Then came the wakeup call. My day-to-day actions revealed that I was instead committed and addicted to being busy, working, watching reruns on tv, sipping on Starbucks and wine, spending money, and lots of other things that did not exactly line up with my desires.
It takes a moment of authenticity and awareness to admit that we might be devoting our time and energy into actions that may not be in alignment with our intentions, and therefore chasing our own tails. Simply pausing to examine our day-to-day actions will reveal to us what we are really dedicated to in our lives, and allow us the awareness we need to redirect our life should we find any misalignments. I invite you to take a moment and reflect on your own life. You can journal or meditate on the following questions:
1. What are your desires, commitments, and intentions for yourself and your life?
2. What do you spend your time doing each day? What are you devoting your energy to?
3. Are your daily actions in service of your desires, commitments, and dreams, or are there areas of misalignment?
If your actions are in alignment with your commitments then celebrate. If you find areas where you are misaligned then you can now begin the process of redirecting your life. Having awareness of what you desire, and what you are directing your energy towards will catapult you into a space of growth and possibility.
Some quotes to inspire you in your reflection:
“What is the story you tell, and what is the story you wish to tell?” – Jeanie Manchester
“An ounce of performance is worth a pound of promises.” – Mae West
“Authenicity is the alignment of head, mouth, heart and feet – thinking, saying, feeling, and doing the same thing – consistently.” – Lance Secretan
– By Jackie Casal Mahrou