Last Friday I received one of my weekly TUT messages, read below:
Know what’s missing from most people’s live? The realization that nothing is missing from their lives. You already have whatever you may be looking for.
I read this about a dozen times. I agree with the message completely. Yet, something didn’t quite sit right. For me, success and fulfillment are only achieved if I’m progressing forward. While I think this message is an important reminder to be grateful. It also puts things into perspective when thinking about all the ‘wants’ vs. needs in life. (If you’re reading this then you already have a better quality of life than most in the world.)
So my big takeaway – being grateful doesn’t require you to lower your standards. It’s similar to the methodology of SCRUM, in that you check-in on your progress to ensure you’re still headed in the right direction.
Keep moving forward, be grateful for where you are and what you have. Although nothing essential may be missing it is however, essential to keep moving forward in pursuing your goals. Realizing that you have it great now is part of having a grateful heart and attitude at all times.
One of my mentors (and current boss) talked to us recently about living in the ‘FOG’. The FOG – standing for Feeling of Growth. When we are living in the FOG we are more engaged, happier and focused. I know for me this couldn’t be truer. Yet, when you feel as if you aren’t in the FOG, how do you get back to this feeling without having to start over?
Here are my three tips to getting in the FOG.
1. Reassess Goals: Are you headed in the right direction with where you’re currently at? Are you making strides to accomplish your goals? If not, identify what new benchmarks you can set for yourself and realign there. You also need to be okay with change! Be ready to pivot if you’re not in the right place whether mentally or physically.
2. Look Back: Take a step back to see where you’ve been to where you are now. If you’re not progressing forward comparatively then you need to identify why. You may also find that by looking back you can cut yourself a break! We often forget how far we’ve come. So do a 3-month review and if you’re moving the needle forward then keep focused on that. If you’re not, then go back to step to reassess goals.
3. Growth Hacks: Find one new way to improve your life a week. In doing so, you’ll be able continually, feel growth even in small increments.