You have to believe in your capacity. Or actually, you have to believe in your ability to increase your perception of your capacity. You can do more.
You must believe that what you are currently doing day to day is not all that you can do - assuming you want to live a more fulfilling life. A few years back, I was living a sloth based life. I was choosing to turn on the T.V. at 8pm each night, watch a minimum of 3 hours of mindless T.V., then retreat to the bed, only to wake up with just enough time to get the kids out the door, them to school and me to work by the latest 'acceptable' time of arrival. I would take an hour lunch break away from the office. I would waste time 'at the water cooler'. I would gossip with coworkers. I would do just the minimum amount of work required of my boss.
I thought I was happy.
Now, I live my life with much more intention. I wake early. I have a routine in the morning that gets me set up for the day, enabling me to be productive and accomplish more than I ever thought possible. It is simple. I set personal, professional, family and relationship goals each and every morning. It is a practice that has changed my life more than almost any other thing I have tried in my life. I have time to paint nearly every day - and the days that I don't paint, those days are planned in advance and are put to good use by spending much needed time with friends, or focusing on my job. BTW, I no longer take hour long lunches away from work. I quit the gossip spiral. I put in more hours at this job than any I have ever had previously. I then end each and every day with reflection. I journal, in bulleted form, my reflections on my day. Did I meet my morning objectives? Did I engage with my family in a way that makes me proud? Did I do all I could to make my work day successful? Simple questions like this spur simple, profound reflections. I am honest with myself. I am tough on myself. I never (or rarely ever) hit 100% for the day. I don't expect perfection... I expect effort, and a lot of it.
So, I now work harder. I do more. I don't watch much T.V. at all. I have a better relationship with my wife and kids. I am engaging more with my friends, both new and old friendships I am working on reconnecting with. And at the end of it all...
I am happier.
I challenge you to believe in your capacity. Get yourself out of first gear and start doing more. You too will be happier at the end of it all.
Check out my VLOG: http://www.youtube.com/adambreakey75
My Instagram Feed
If you would like to receive my blog posts in your email inbox immediately after I publish them, please subscribe below.
Great Art Blogs
Clinton T Hobart