A friend of mine found this and posted it on her timeline: "I have no ducks. I do not have a row. I have squirrels and they are at a rave."
I put it on my timeline with, "Yes, yes, yes!"
Don't we all feel like that sometimes?
There are times when we have it all together, and then it falls apart in the blink of an eye.
It's the proverbial, "Wait, what?"
I listened to the latest episode of the podcast, Beyond the To-Do List, this morning with host Erik Fisher and guest Mike Vardy. They were talking about working six months out with their work.
And, I'm like, "Hmmm, I wonder what I'm going to write about in my blog TODAY!"
I know what they are saying is true, but that's a whole new habit that I'm not sure I'm ready to tackle yet. Maybe in another six months...
I admire people who have all their ducks in a row. Their lives are organized and they know where they are headed. They have a plan.
I have a plan.
Well, maybe more of a sketch.
Or an idea.
A glimmer of a thought?
What is interesting for me is that I can be organized, i can be productive, and I can be efficient. They just have never evolved into actual habits.
I'm in the process of reading the book, The One Thing, by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. One of the myths they point out is the myth of living a disciplined life. Rather than being disciplined, people build strong habits that mask as being self-disciplined. They were disciplined long enough to make then habits, and then they became automatic.
However, how many times have we heard someone say, "Wow, she sure is disciplined about working out or he's disciplined with his eating habits"?
The truth is that these people have developed healthy habits over time and now they don't even think about them.
In case you're wondering, studies have shown that it takes an average of 66 days for something to become a habit. That's 66 days in a row.
I don't know if I have enough discipline to make that happen, unless of course, it's important enough to me.
Which lead me to this: I still haven't quite finished Simon Sinek's book, Start with Why, but that's exactly where we need to begin.
When something becomes so important to us and we know what we stand for, we have figured out our why, we muster up enough discipline to make it a habit, and boom, suddenly you see it, our ducks are in a row.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.