During my weekly Goals Group call this past Sunday, we arrived at the portion of the call when we report on our accomplishments from the past week, including how we did on our “Weekly Action Items” that we stated from the previous Sunday.
This Sunday, I looked at the 5 items listed and reported:
1) go to a gallery or museum — well, no, I didn’t do that.
2) research vlog best practices — well, sort of; I looked at one lady’s “how to”
3) post a vlog — YES! I did it!!
4) grade all my students’ essays while at work — nope. I did maybe 3.
5) 10-minutes a day on my weekly goals writing — nope. I wrote for a half-hour-ish right before this call.
After I reported out, one of my goals buddies asked, “Can I give you some feedback?” Yes, please, I replied breathlessly. “With my daily action buddy, when I don’t do something I’ve said I’d do, I just move it onto the next day’s list. I don’t have to judge or excuse or feel badly about it. I just move it forward, and eventually it gets done.”
Hmmm. So I don’t have to beat myself into submission in order to achieve the results I want to achieve? While not a novel thought, it feels novel every time someone suggests it!
There is a dictum I’ve heard: Growth can come as much from Joy as from Pain.
And wouldn’t we all rather grow from joy?! Or at least, need a little less pain to move us forward?
I don’t want to keep putting “grade papers” or “write in advance of the call” or “raise heartrate 20 minutes” every single week. I don’t. But I’m also at a place in which I cannot do it much differently. And I certainly won’t do it better or differently if it’s wrought from repeated self-flagellation — at least, not sustainably or abundantly or lovingly.
It’s an alien prospect sometimes to love ourselves into the future, yet alien though it may be, it is the only true path forward.