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Have you ever heard the analogy of the person who worked so hard to climb a ladder, only to realize after he reached the top that it was leaning against the wrong wall?
The point of this analogy is to make sure that your ladder is leaning against the RIGHT WALL.
All of us are working hard toward something.
I’m sure you can commiserate with the days that feel like we work so hard, crossing off one To Do after another only to feel totally exhausted at the end of the day, hardly remembering what we even accomplished.
All of this hard work can be worth it though, but only if we are working toward the right wall.
Over the last year, I’ve been evaluating all of the aspects of my businesses.
I’ve been evaluating them against the truest, deepest desires of my heart.
Against the ultimate plans that Matt and I have for our lives, and for the next few years of our future in particular.
Working hard is great, but what happens when it turns out we are putting all of our time and energy into tasks that really aren’t getting us closer to our end goal?
Our days are precious.
Our time is precious.
Our hard work is precious.
Every single one of us deserves to take a good, long, hard look at our lives and evaluate what we truly want from our future.
And then, we deserve to work hard on things that will bring us closer to that dream.
THAT is where our effort is needed.
So, what is the RIGHT WALL for you, in your life?
Is the ladder that you are climbing right now leaning against the right wall?
When you get to the top and look around, are you going to be happy with where you are at, or are you going to look around and realize that you are further from where you want to be than when you started?
Allow yourself to take a minute today and reevaluate.
We owe it to ourselves to define what we want most out of our lives, and then only focus our efforts on things that will bring us closer to that end goal.
It’s ok to say no, or to say goodbye to things that ultimately aren’t bringing us closer to our life goal. Even if they are things we worked hard to bring to fruition. If they don’t get us closer to the ultimate end goal, it’s ok to let them go.
Here’s to focusing all of our energy on climbing the ladder on the right wall, for each of us.