A month after attending the International Women’s Summit in Phoenix, Arizona, I am still reflecting on the messages, relationships and encouragement that encompassed the event. One of my favorite speakers was Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love. She gave a very real talk about time management, goal setting and finding your path. She told the story of how she started out wanting to be a writer. She found a woman who’s life she idolized, and over time this woman finally asked her, “What are you willing to give up to get the life you keep pretending to want?”
This question really drew the line for her in deciding what her goals were, and how she should be spending her time to achieve them. She shared three points around time management and personal development.
- Priorities: Dont diffuse your energy. Set your priorities and focus on the things that you can do now. Only do the things that are in your control.
- Boundaries: Set your boundaries based on your values. Know what they are and guard them. These can be directed at the self; recognize when you are pushing yourself or beating yourself up and know when to say, “That’s enough”.
- Mysticism: Know that there is something else going on other than what we see. It doesn’t have to be religious, but understand that not everything is in our control. Be willing to believe that you are being spoken to, and that it will all be alright.
Tonight set some time aside to write down your priorities, and then, write down your boundaries. These can change over time but writing them down can make you more accountable to them. Think about mysticism and what makes you feel at peace.
“You are a unique event in the history of the universe. You don’t need to get it right the first time. Have the courage to follow your joy, and love the parts of you that need it.” – Elizabeth Gilbert.