#1 of “The Neglected Four”07/17/2015
One week before July 4th
- during their 125th anniversary year
- standing in front of the “Texas Room” inside Washington, DC’s beautiful Constitution Hall
- with Patrick & 8 wonderful long-time friends from my home town in TX
I was inducted into the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). This photo was taken immediately after the special event.
How did I do this? Here is my (short) story…
Friends had asked me for several years about joining. My reply was always the same: “I can’t, I don’t have time to complete the paperwork.”
Interesting to note that I never did anything to understand what was actually needed – I was just responding to what I had always heard – “it’s a lot of work” so I made a snap judgement that I wasn’t getting involved. I thought it would be a long and arduous process – proving, through records, that I had an ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War.
After making the huge change in my work 6 months ago I began to look at some things in my life that I hadn’t done, due to thinking I didn’t have time. Pursuing membership in DAR was one of them. I decided to explore what was involved to make it happen. Funny how when we really check into things it is not as hard as we think it is going to be….
With the possibility that YOU might have something in your life you’ve thought about doing, and for whatever reasons haven’t – but the thought still lingers – I’m sharing with you my process – sort of a mini-case study in making “that thing” happen. Hopefully, this will help you take action on something you’ve thought about for a long time.
I took the following steps:
- Made a decision to pursue membership. I decided that now is the time, and the time is now.
- Outlined my reasons for applying and got clear on why I wanted to invest the time.
- Researched to understand “where am I?” The local DAR registrar was a huge help. (Chances are there are others that would be waiting to help you take action on what you want!)
- Focused on “what do I need?” Decided that I could get all the details down later but for now would concentrate on just the missing pieces.
- Got help when I hit a wall – and we will always hit a wall when we are trying to do something new. But often, and usually close by, there will be someone who is an expert in the field, can cut time and energy in half, help with what is needed, and be thrilled to participate.
Is there something on your mind that has been lingering for a while and you think you don’t have time to pursue?
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Give yourself the gift of Boring Time and Long Thoughts and see what you create…read more here.
Chances are you DO have time you can use differently to pursue that lingering idea and I hope that applying my mini-process (or a variation) to make something that you’ve wanted to make happen ~ actually happens!
ps: If you’re having trouble moving forward and/or finding time for something that is important to you, apply for a strategy session with me. Let’s get you on your path.