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Just published: Martha Treat #194
It Works Every Time
During a recent client follow-up day, I was once again in awe of how important completing is for our well-being.
Simply finding and writing down all of our incompletes and putting the systems in place to review regularly lifts overwhelm, moves the stagnation and gives us back our enthusiasm—not to mention increases our physical stamina.
I noticed the temptation to want to address the client’s lack of enthusiasm for their work by talking and exploring options other than simply processing the incompletes. I know from experience that the best way out of emotions and trying to figure things out is to focus on completing. The simple act of gathering each of their incompletes and identifying next actions did the trick of shifting the energy.
In my Weekly Review last week, I was ruthlessly honest with what I was allowing to stay on the lists. Out went the “shoulds,” and “the probably nevers,” and I refreshed my agreements on each list. The updating and deleting freed up a subtle fog I wasn’t acknowledging.
The willingness to bring to our conscious awareness all we are not doing, name the next actions, and keep our Weekly Review alive works every time.
1. Go through all your action lists and delete what is not happening.
2. When something floats through your mind more than once, write it down so it is not floating in the incompletion plane.
3. Allow yourself to do one thing for you that has been sitting on your lists. Today I found myself suddenly painting a table that has been on my Someday/Maybe list for almost two years. I just moved it to a project and that shift opened the space for completion.
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Treat #183 Creating New Doing Paths
Treat #182 A Habit Worth Quitting
Treat #181 Eclipse of Action
Treat #180 Forgive Me for Multitasking
Treat #179 What are You Looking At?
Treat #178 Are you Squishing Snails?
Treat #177 Relaxing the Grip
Treat #176 All the Time in the World
Treat #175 When is Enough . . . Enough
Treat #174 Engaging Yourself to Completion
Treat #173 A Kink in the Works
Treat #172 What's Stopping You?
Treat #171 All of Ours to Do
Treat #170 Attitude Adjustment
Treat #169 IN Consciousness
Treat #168 Completing Past our Reactions
Treat #167 Keep Your Dog Leash
Treat #166 The Essential Piece
Treat #165 Day is Done
Treat #164 Do-Nothing Time
Treat #163 Curbside Calm
Treat #162 Pile-Up
Treat #161 Gentle Doing
Treat #160 Freedom in the Discipline
Treat #159 Finding New Routes
Treat #158 Keeping the Awe Alive
Treat #157 "Finishiative"
Treat #156 The Exquisite Sound of the Moment
Treat #155 Up-to-the-minute
Treat #154 Uninviting Interruptions
Treat #153 What's bugging you
Treat #152 Competing Attention
Treat #151 Our Inner Awareness
Treat #150 Spontaneously Fresh and Alive
Treat #149 Without the Push
Treat #148 100% With...
Treat #147 Are You Signaling?
Treat #146 What is Pulling on Your Attention?
Treat #145 Gathering Ourselves Out of Overwhelm
Treat #144 Wonderings – Another Kind of Incomplete
Treat #143 Asking – A New Form of Delegating
Treat #142 Split Attention Payback
Treat #141 Getting All the Way In To Doing
Treat #140 Willingness to Look
Treat #139 Follow Yourself Around
Treat #138 A New Kind of Flow