Prioritize & Recommit to Your Ambitions This Spring
If you’ve been food shopping lately you may have noticed the increasing number of choices down most aisles – from cereal to salad dressings one can quickly lose themselves in comparing and contrasting what’s available. This phenomenon is often referred to as analysis paralysis and it exists in many areas of our busy lives. While more options can seem like a good thing, social science tells us that too many choices can actually prohibit our ability to make any decision at all.
Chances are you’ve experienced this in both your personal or professional life – such as saying “yes” to one too many social gatherings or taking on a position that only sort-of moves you closer to your work goals. With so many choices available, it can become challenging to make decisions that align with bigger picture aspirations.
Below are three powerful behaviors that will help you to prioritize and recommit to your ambitions so that you move closer to achieving them faster:
1. Practice Selectiveness
All too often our lives are overrun with mediocre options that only partially support our goals and yet we choose them anyway. Would you ever tell a friend, family member or co-worker to pursue an opportunity that was only just “okay”? Chances are you would not, so why settle or accept “good enough” in our own lives. Instead of saying yes to jobs or social engagements that are subpar, consider turning down anything that’s not an emphatic “YES.” Practice your critical thinking skills in this arena to distinguish the opportunities that excite, inspire and fulfill you from those that don’t positively move you.
2. Take Your Time
When a choice is presented, give yourself adequate time to consider your options and the implications of each – what’s the outcome if you say “yes” and conversely what’s the result of a simple “no thank you?” This may require a bit more thought up front but will inevitably save you from expending energy at endeavors that don’t fully align with your goals. Consider how many people you know that spend years in jobs or relationships that don’t provide them with either fulfillment or joy. Life is short and your time is valuable – it’s better to consider your options and their outcomes early on rather than committing too quickly to something you will regret later.
3. Let It Go
Chances are you have compelling offers presented to you regularly for your time, energy and expertise. The sense that you might “miss out” on something or experience regret can be hard to overcome. However, if you’re taking your time to examine your choices, you know that not every one is the right fit for you at the present moment – and that’s okay. As you become more comfortable with saying “no”, letting go of “yes” may feel like a challenge at first – however, if you stay committed to your goals and what matters most to you, it will become increasingly easier to pass on “it’s close” in favor of your whole-bodied “YES!”.
Here’s to prioritizing your “YES” & recommitting to your ambitions this spring!
An Executive Health & Lifestyle Coach®, Sylvaine N. Hughson, is the Founder and Director of SNH – The Art & Science of Optimized Living®. As the Principal Coach and Consultant for SNH, Sylvaine works closely with high-level professionals, performance-driven groups, and Fortune 500 companies. She helps her clients unleash the power of optimized mindset, wellness & lifestyle to fuel their peak performance and accomplish their most important goals.
She is certified as a Corporate Wellness Consultant, Corporate Wellness Provider, Holistic Health Coach, Master Transformational Coach, Raw Living Foods Health Educator, FirstLine Therapy Lifestyle Educator, Professional Life Coach, Yoga Instructor and Traditional Reiki Master.