Many years ago, when I was a baby dancer, I was given a piece of advice that literally changed my life. It wasn’t presented as guidance; it was just a simple statement.
I was chatting with a friend, a well-known film actress who’d formerly been a professional ballet dancer. When I asked how she balanced her extremely busy life- being a mom, a wife, a busy working performer and doing extensive charity work, she said,
“I make it a point to do just one thing that is good for myself and one thing that is good for my career every single day.”
At first I was stumped. It didn’t seem like a formula that would lead to success…especially not the kind she was having!
It was so obvious and simple.
But then I couldn’t stop thinking about what she’d said.
That evening, as I mulled it over, I realized that she wasn’t referring to simple daily tasks like sending out acting resumes, going to meetings, taking her toddler for a play date or outing in the park.
It was about making conscious decisions to enrich life and career every day.
It was about being thoughtful and taking deliberate action.
It was about taking baby steps to achieve goals and make dreams come true!
I started putting this plan into action for myself. If I took a walk in the morning, I’d think, “I’m doing something that’s good for myself!” When I had to do administrative work, or go to a rehearsal when all I wanted to do was take a nap, my attitude would change considerably when the voice in my head told me I was doing something that was good for my career.
Pretty soon, I didn’t stop at doing just one thing- it lead to doing many things, over the course of each day!
Instead of procrastinating, I would embrace all my scheduled tasks with a sense of enthusiasm… cause they were good for my career; and instead or running myself ragged, I began to take the time to do something good for myself, too. Whether that meant watching trash television or doing something that fulfilled me creatively and spiritually, I embraced it- I took necessary “me time” without feeling guilty.
The whole concept allowed me to juggle a number of projects at once without feeling inundated with work or mentally taxed. It enabled me to look at life with a fresh perspective, and embrace everything I was doing in a considerate, almost meditative way, by setting large scale goals and then taking daily “just one thing” baby steps to attain them, making whatever I was working on a reality.
This concept can really make your dreams come true... it's like magic- just try it, and you’ll see for yourself!
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