Last month while a friend and I were sharing a meal we decided to turn a
"wouldn't it be nice if" conversation into an opportunity to create a list
of recreational activities we wanted to do.
We took turns until the list was ten lines long.
Much was revealed by that written exercise. Although there were a few
extravagances oriented to lavish pleasures (the 5 day sailing trip and a
week in that house on the north end of Kauai) most of the choices were
about self fulfillment: opportunity to learn to speak Spanish, acquire more
skill on the electric piano, full day hike at least once a month. I was
struck by how little effort would be required to take life to higher
I believe a full life is the legacy of the truly successful career. When
we are so engrossed in what we have to do at work we forget how
re-energizing and revitalizing our activities during non work times can be.
Consider making your own list this week. Once it's made, create an action
plan that includes SMART goals for making your dreams come true.
A= action oriented
R = realistic
T = timelines