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Tele-Call: Living in the Moment while Working Toward the Future

I’d love for you to join me for Transformational Tuesday, a free tele-call hosted by the Creativity Coaching Association on Tuesday, May 8 at 11:00 am eastern.

This live call is a conversation between Bev Down, CEO of the Creativity Coaching Association, and me, with Q&A from the audience (you, I hope!) on a topic I’ve been thinking about a lot lately: Living in the moment while working toward the future. Here’s the gist:

Goals are an essential part of turning dreams into reality. In order to avoid the pitfall of “Aim at nothing, and you’ll hit it every time,” we’re advised to get clear on what we want and visualize the ideal outcome. SMART goals (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Based) help us develop our passions and accomplish what feels important. But we also know that living in the moment — being present and surrendering to right now — is key to reducing stress and finding peace. Sometimes our plans for reaching our goals seem incompatible with what shows up in the present. How do we navigate this apparent conflict?

While I’m preparing my thoughts for this tele-call, I’d love to hear about your experience navigating this issue. Do you feel caught between wanting to be where you are — and wanting to arrive at a future point? As a creative mother, you’re continually faced with putting your own goals on hold in the name of taking care of someone else. Are you able to stay in the moment and go with the flow even when obstacles seem to pile up, and the distance between you and your goal seems to widen? Whether this is something you grapple with or something you don’t, I’d love to work your experience into my program. Please comment on this blog post to share your perspective in advance.

May 8, 2012 @ 11:00 AM, Eastern Time
Dial-in Number: 1-218-936-4141
Participant Access Code: 8673879#

I hope to “see” you there!

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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Wow, yes. I struggle with this very thing all the time. And the goal(s) sometimes get shifted, or shift, because I feel as though I revise constantly in the face of what’s actually possible given the reality in front of me. If that makes any sense at all. ;)
    I think staying in the moment is key for keeping my stress lowered, but I can’t help but reach and reach for the goals that seem so far away. I just have to continually remind myself that whatever it is I want to do, there’s no real time limit on it (getting an advanced degree, making more art, etc). I have the whole rest of my life, so I try to remember that as long as I keep walking the path, I’ll get there. :)

    April 27, 2012
    • Quite right, Christine — and it’s so hard to hold onto the “relax, there’s no rush” frame of mind when the requirement for patience seems to stretch into eons. Every day, a new adventure.

      April 30, 2012
  2. Great post, Miranda — and COMPLETELY relevant to what I was just talking to you about earlier today, when I said that I was feeling torn between competing priorities. Such a mind-boggling coincidence, you’re beginning to scare me… ;)

    April 27, 2012
    • Indeed, Andy! Sometimes it’s a major challenge to remember that it’s all good, in one way or another….

      April 30, 2012

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