It usually takes removing myself from the day-to-day routine to recognize the changes I need to make to keep on track towards accomplishing my dreams.
Sayulita Mexico did that for me, and then some. Megan and I flew to Sayulita last October for our 15th wedding anniversary. The minute I walked through the front door of the house we rented, I knew some big changes were coming my way. If standing next to an infinity pool overlooking the Pacific ocean won’t convince you that sitting in commute traffic is a bad idea, I guess nothing will.
Walking into Sayulita one morning to pick up fresh vegetables, I came across a side street with a local man selling handmade leather bracelets on a rickety little table. I’ve never worn a bracelet. But as I stood there staring at his makeshift display, I said to myself, I’m going to quit my job by December 31st, and this little bracelet is going to remind me every single day.
I gave him a few dollars; he secured the bracelet on my wrist, and I walked away wearing a visual reminder I had made the decision to change my life.
It didn’t happen. December 31st rolled around, and the plan I made to get out of my job didn’t pan out. There was only one option. Regroup and recharge the hill. That process took place several more times, and yes I got discouraged. I would feel sorry for myself for 24-48 hours, and then get to work revising the plan.
The point, no goal worth having comes easy. Be prepared to course correct as many times as it takes to get you across the finish line. I still don’t have all of the items I had wanted in place before I walked away from my job, but I had enough to know it was time.
After finally wrapping up the loose ends at my job, I walked away this last Wednesday at 2 pm. That night I took off my Sayulita bracelet and placed it on my nightstand. The next morning when getting up, I looked at it for a few minutes, made a new and bigger goal, and put it back on.
The journey continues.
This Week’s Podcast
There are many great takeaways in this very short podcast by Bryce Prescott. The one I connected with most was the need to course correct when going after a goal. Bryce uses a weight lifting analogy in his story, but like my Sayulita experience above, you can apply the same principle to any goal.
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