Each Shot of Satisfaction is related to one of the seven steps back from burnout in the process of REFLECT. My hope is that, by sharing with you how I apply these steps in my daily life, it will help you on your journey to a fulfilling life of caregiving.
Originally published October 5th, 2011 – This Shot of Satisfaction relates to Step 3 -FORMULATE your plan. Recalculate the transaction of care using the Perfect Equation. Free yourself from your hidden agenda.
It’s in our hands
We decide what we have today. We decide what we will have tomorrow. If we want something different tomorrow, we will have to do something differently today. When we get clear about what we want from our lives and make the decision that we’ve had enough of what we don’t want, that we deserve more and won’t settle for less, it is time to start working the programs that will get us there.
Desire is our tool. We can use our desire to help us decide what matters most to us, what we will focus our energies on and ultimately what we will have. When we are clear on what we want, we are willing to do whatever it takes and no amount of effort seems too great.
Our desire is the seed. We have to nurture that seed of desire and help it grow into our deepest longings. We can’t just plant it and forget it. We will have to exert real effort. We need a plan, a program to bring it to bloom. Some programs are more powerful that others. Your finished product will only be as good as the program you used to create it.
What is the best program for creating positive change in our lives? Perseverance, consistent effort and delayed gratification. It is a simple, tried and true formula for success. In life, one thing is always true — consistency and effort yields results. When you are clear on what you want, the only thing keeping you from getting it is you.
Whatever it takes! No giving up! No giving in! Wake up to your desire every day, nurture it and, no matter what, do the work to make it grow to it’s fullest potential. No excuses. Remember, if you aren’t seeing the results you desire, you simply are not doing the work.
This week, make the commitment to do whatever it takes to realize your goals. One step at a time: slow, methodical and consistent. Some days it will be about the watering and other days about the fertilizer. It is all about staying committed to the process. When the seed you plant today is finally ready for harvest, you will have satisfaction down in spades!
All my best,