Step back and look where you are

April 21, 2014

Life goes really fast, especially in a country like the Netherlands. In my case, I work five days in the week and the other two are filled with resting from the workweek and social activities. I’ve stopped saying it too often, but time is moving fast. We’re now almost four months on the road of 2014. A quarter of the year has passed by. How has it been so far? Are you on schedule with your goals for this year?

Since we have our lives so fully planned (I say we, because most people around me seem to be as busy as I am), we don’t often take the time to take a step back and see where we’re heading. It’s like driving a car without paying attention to the roadsigns. If you aren’t aware of this, 2015 will soon be here and you’re still at the same place. Maybe you’re at a good place right now, but I believe it can always be better and there is always more to reach for. That’s why it’s good to step back from time to time and shortly evaluate where you’re heading and if you’re still on course.

Last week I impulsively decided to take a few days off and go on a short vacation in Valencia, Spain. I just booked a flight and later also arranged a place to stay. A couple of days with no obligations and just relaxing. When you have a couple of days where you don’t have to do anything, no work, no clients asking you to do things, no worries, you’ll have time to think. Besides that you can enjoy the sun, the sea and the beaches, automatically your mind gets free to think outside the normal daily things. It’s great for dreaming about what you want to do with your life and also to look at where you’re standing right now.

When you’re in the middle of a situation, it’s hard to see the whole picture. It can help a lot to step back from it for a moment to get a better overview. You can then look at your current daily life without being part of it. You’ll better see where you are in life. And no matter where you are right now, going to a different place is just a couple of decisions away. So: where are you and is it where you want to be?

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