Project is one of my favorite words in the dictionary.
It derives from term proiectum, which literally translates as, something thrown forth.
That’s inspiring to me. Because contrary to popular conditioning, it means that our projects don’t have to be these bloated, risky, overly ambitious, resource draining, revenue generating, achievement oriented endeavors.
A project can simply be any activity that improves our personal value, regardless of outcome. It’s any pursuit that serves our meaning making efforts. And the best part is, it can be as big or as small as our life allows.
One helpful question to ask along your project journey is:
How can you shrink the size of this project to fit your reality by keeping only the parts you love the most?
This keeps labor intensity low and satisfaction high. It allows your projects to be chipped away at, on your own time, when you want to, not when you need to. And it reminds you that you only need to be ready to let go of all those things that aren’t you.
Next time you feel social pressure to wake up at the crack of dawn and give one hundred and twenty percent every day until your project goes viral and starts a movement and changes the world and makes millions of dollars, try taking a breath first.
Trust that going home is typically more relaxing, more fulfilling and more sustainable than going big.
And throw something forth because it feels meaningful to you, not because people expect it of you.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
What project are you undertaking today in your life that you will be proud of ten years from now?
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