Twice in 24 hours, I came across this question. I read Chris Guillebeauís fabulous book The Art of Non-Conformity, then I dove right into Danielle LaPorteís The Fire-Starter Sessions e-course. Both asked of me what I wanted to take off my plate.
Given that Iím looking forward to 2011 and realizing that I have some choices to make about how to expend my energy, this twice-in-24-hours serendipity seems like a giant bonk on the noggin from the Universe. Yes, Universe, Iím listening. 2010 has been busy- exceedingly busy. Iíve birthed two books, an integrative medicine practice, a new website, a magazine column, a 20 city book tour, a touring art project, and countless other creations. 2010 was a year of YES. I followed the motto ďJust say YES,Ē and magical things happened because of that. I ventured down dark, overgrown paths with no road map; I said yes to people I didnít know who wanted to meet me; I said yes to experiencing Mama Genaís School of Womanly Arts and Sheila Kelleyís S Factor retreat and countless other transformative experiences.
But I canít keep saying yes forever. Looking forward to 2011, I long for space — clear space, open space, creative nothingness. When I have space, my creativity flourishes. The Universe speaks to me and channels all kinds of juicy stuff through me. Things flow with ease. But when Iím busy all the time, everything gets all muddled.
Which means something’s gotta give. What will it be?
Danielle LaPorte suggests thinking of the tasks that call upon your time and energy and asking yourself these three questions:
1) What are you deeply passionate about?
2) What are you are genetically encoded for ó what activities do you feel just “made to do”?
3) What makes economic sense ó what can you make a living at?
If you canít say yes to at least two of these questions when you think about what youíre doing, consider slapping it onto your stop-doing list.
Here are some preliminary thoughts of whatís going on mine (although Iím still pondering, so donít hold me to this).