Remember those goals and intentions you set earlier in the year? By the time Autumn rolls around, many of us will lose “the burn.” Our desires will fade and our determination disappeared like the setting sun.
Some of those things on our list were just wishes – they weren’t really visions for which we were totally committed. It’s no surprise that these weren’t even started! And sometimes . . . well life just blows us in a new direction and we lose our bearings.
It is easy to get sidetracked and run into boulders along the way. For those really important, burning-in-the-gut visions that are In various stages of completion, here are 6 steps you can take to help re-ignite that flame and get those fires burning bright again.
1. Prepare your fire pit.
You’ve reached some part of your journey and it’s time to settle down, regroup. Create your fire circle and ensure you still feel a sense of balance. Every fire needs a safety rim. Let’s keep those “Hair on Fire” moments to a minimum!
You’ll have some big rocks and some little ones to complete your circle. Examine your initial “goals” list that focused on all areas of your life, and take stock.
Of the ones still on the list, do a quick check-in:
Is this still important to me? If so, is it something I am willing/able to finish this year? Should it be divided up into smaller segments – and which segment can I still complete this year?
Keep a clear, solid vision of you in your future state. Carry that image around with you everywhere you go
2. You need kindling.
Every great fire begins with some easy, “quick-to-ignite” starter materials – things like small twigs, moss, dry grass, pieces of lint. You want something that will catch on fire easily and yet will burn long enough to generate heat and momentum.
Look at your list of Annual Possibilities. Break it down into 2 groups – those that are already completed and those not yet achieved. Of the ones already completed, what helped you accomplished them?
Were they easy? It’s great to get some simple, easy things done right away as you start out . . . it helps create momentum and the feeling of success.
Did you have the right tools and supports in place? When you have everything properly lined up and all pieces are there, it is easy to finish a task or a goal.
Now look at the 2nd part of your list – those things that are not yet finished. Apply those same 2 tests and draft out some steps to help you move forward.
Which ones look simple, easy to finish? Then get them done right away.
Which ones consist of multiple steps and require things be aligned before you can consider the project done? Jot down those steps and put them in order so you can begin to work on those next. Use some of the rocks from your fire circle to shore them up.
3. Build your teepee fire.
Once you have the “easy, fast burning stuff” laid at the base, you can design your fire for the long-term burn. Some can be shorter in length, others longer. Organize your own pieces and parts so that you can get started and keep your momentum burning.
Identify those remaining to-do’s. Make sure they are not just WISHES. (I wish I could go on a cruise, or I would like to climb the Appalachian Trail). What you’re focusing on right now are these are the no-foolin’, clear visions that are burning in your soul. You know you are ready for these and you are prepared to accomplish them now. For bigger, long-term visions that span multiple years, you know what needs to be done NOW and you are ready to take care of that one leg of the journey NOW.
4. Block the wind. Gather ‘round.
After this foundational work, it is time to identify the things that could prevent you from setting this fire ablaze. When out in the open, you have to think about wind. When near the ocean, you prepare for tides that could come in and drown out your fire.
What might be perceived as hindrances that could get in the way of your fire? Too many social obligations? A too-demanding work schedule? Maybe you are the one bringing rain upon your fire. Are you spending nights watching worthless TV or playing video games when you could be working on your glorious bonfire?
It’s time to be honest and commit to what you said was important to you. What do you need to do or change to provide you with the space needed for your success?
It is also important to identify and incorporate your support guides. Who, in your life, needs to be a part of this process or will participate in this vision? And who will be in your cheerleader section to cheer you on when things get tough?
And finally, who can be on your stand-by list to support you if things get too hot to handle or you need some sage advice?
5. Strike the match – Light that fire!
It’s time to take action. Strike the match and lean into the kindling to get the slow burn started. Feel the momentum as you move through your easier steps.
Sometimes the fire goes out. Things happen. Your fire is still there waiting to light up the world.
Strike another match. Start it again.
Perhaps you feel you can ignite the fire in several different spots. As long as you feel you can control the burn, go for it!
Bring out the hotdogs and marshmallows! When you complete something meaningful that enriches your life and creates more meaning, then CELEBRATE!
Let’s keep those fires burning brightly!Make it a Golden Day!
Your Coach for Results