I spent most of today in the backyard tidying up and marking out my next landscaping project.
Part of that was starting my fire pit to burn off dead plants and scrap timber from previous projects. I’ve been extremely busy in the last few months so simply focussing on building and maintaining the fire was a great time to decompress.
Instead of thinking through other tasks I had, I simply watched the fire in relative silence. Doing absolutely nothing for a few hours normally fills me with dread. I hate wasting time but today I relished it. I think I needed the time to just let go and reset.
Looking into the fire got me thinking about human ingenuity. One of the first major advances of mankind was to build fire, something that changed us forever. Today marks 50 years since man first landed on the moon, another major advance that changed our perception of what is possible.
Thinking about all the technology and achievements of mankind since we landed on the moon was astounding. Things like improvements in television was one thing. But expand that into home computers, all of our connected devices and other tech we couldn’t “live without” in today’s age. Even movies have seen a massive change in special effects quality in just the last 15 years.
Advances in medicine, all avenues of science, human rights, gay marriage, the list goes on and on. Many of these happened in a relatively short time, others took much longer. But they all have one thing in common: someone had to envision it and take the first step.
So, I had a think about my goals for my backyard and decided rather than just planning and cleaning up, I would take a small step towards completion. Marking out and digging a small border around the area took under an hour but the sense of accomplishment lasted all day.
The small step provides momentum. Momentum provides motivation. Looking at my completed small step I know I’m closer to my vision.
Today has been worthwhile for me, even though I didn’t get as much done as I normally do on a Sunday. I feel today wasn’t wasted.
So ask yourself: “what small step can I take today to get closer to my goals?”
Once you have the answer, go do it. Then see how you feel about your progress and your day. You may be pleasantly surprised.
Enjoy Life. Get Healthy. Excel.
AJ Watson was born and raised in the Australian gold rush town of Ballarat. He is a Life Coach specialising in Health and Wellbeing. You can discover more of his story in the About AJ page on www.ajcoaching.com.au