Imagine it’s one year from today and you’ve had your most enjoyable year yet… What’s happened? What have you done? What’s different in your life now?
This question was posed by Michael Neill, a life coach who always has some inspiration to offer when I’m feeling uninspired.
Somehow, that tiny shift from looking at my “best” year yet to my most enjoyable one shifted something fundamental, says Neill.
“My most enjoyable year yet would be filled with things I stopped doing, not new ones that I started, he added. “ Instead of a new list of achievements to pursue, I found myself with a list of things to let go of. And so I began to look at the activities of my life in a new way.
I created an ABCD grid for myself:
- “A”s were things I wanted to do regardless of whether or not they paid well or worked out the way I hoped.
- “B”s were things I enjoyed doing and would happily say “yes” to if they feel into my lap, but had no desire to try and “make” happen.
- “C”s were things I was only doing for the money
- “D”s were things I just flat out needed to stop doing
Once I had my list, I didn’t really know what to do with it, but I had a sense that I’d glimpsed something significant, so I just sat with it for a week or so, taking it out from time to time and reading back through it, waiting for inspiration to strike. And strike it did…
Suddenly it dawned on me that if I only did my “A” activities, but I did them really, really well, I could actually make as much or more money than I had been making running myself ragged trying to do the whole alphabet. And in that moment, a plan was hatched.
“My business manager flew out and we redesigned the business, streamlining things that would no longer be needed and building in structures to support the successful implementation of a straight “A” life. I eliminated the “D”s, started saying no to the “C”s, but left enough time in my schedule to say yes to any “B”s that came along which appealed to me.
Sounds like a plan, doesn’t it?