what happened to live in the moment?
Are there certain questions that you dread being asked? You know the ones – the killer questions. The ones that when asked, you’re supposed to nod eagerly and recite verbatim, your long term goals and ambitions and then wait for a suitably approving nod of affirmation?
My killer questions would look a bit like this…
- So, ultimately, what do you want to achieve?
- What’s your end game?
- Where do you see yourself and the blog in five years?
- What would be the pinnacle of success for The Online Stylist?
My answers would probably be something along these lines…
- Um…more of this if that’s okay? Still being here, happy and fulfilled.
- I’m sorry…my end what now? I don’t want it to end. Can I keep going?
- Five years older and hopefully five years wiser.
- I haven’t a clue and wouldn’t that suggest I’d peaked? I’d rather keep ploughing on than peak.
Whether you apply it to blogging or any work/life goals, I think it’s okay not to be the ambitious one with a never-ending To Do list of what seem like insurmountable goals just waiting to be ticked off.
What happened to live in the moment? The world needs those who are happy to plough on contentedly as much as it does the fiercely ambitious folk. I guess it all comes down to how you measure success.
Short term planning for the next couple of months is where you’ll find me…
I’ve come to realise that my own barometer responds to a little positive self-imposed pressure here, a satisfying sense of achievement there, the occasional episode of feeling the fear and doing it anyway and a huge dollop of loving what I do so much, I could sometimes burst.
That’s what makes me feel successful, proud, fulfilled and suitably challenged enough to not worry about the next five years. Or the five after that.
In my own blogging terms that translates to keeping on creating the content here that readers will hopefully love, continuing to curate a beautiful Instagram feed, enjoying experiences that I never thought I’d get to experience and having the time time to sit back and appreciate all of those things without continuously rushing onward to see what’s next.
Short term planning for the next couple of months is where you’ll find me. Weekly To Do lists are my catnip, daily scheduling floats my boat and don’t even get me started on the joy to be found in planning the next three tonal images for my Instagram feed. Bliss!
Do you dread the five year plan/end game questions and if so, how do you fend them off?