I learned the other day that the word "satisfaction" stems from two Latin words: satis, meaning enough and facere, which means to make. Therefore, when you make action, you reach satisfaction.
Interesting, right? In order to be satisfied with one's self or life, one must take action to that end. There is such a great amount of truth in that. Think about a day when you accomplish little. You skip the workout you were supposed to do; you blow off writing the chapters you had planned to write in favor of hanging out on Facebook or watching reruns on TBS; you leave the dishes and laundry for tomorrow...you get the picture. How do you feel at the end of the day? I know how I feel...like doodoo. Why? Because I failed to take action and wasted an entire day.
But what happens when we do take action? How do you feel after that dreaded workout? You're probably not wishing you had skipped it! How do you feel when you complete your daily writing goal? Even if your goal is only 300 words, you'll still feel like you accomplished something. And how wonderful is it when the dishes and laundry are done and the house tidied up? It's great! And at the end of the day you can truly relax and have fun with your loved ones, knowing you were productive.
In the coming weeks I plan to challenge myself to achieve true satisfaction every single day. I have much that I want to accomplish, but I oftentimes let silly things like Facebook get in my way. And the self-flagellation at the end of the day just isn't worth putting off those things that I may dread. I have a manuscript to finish that I've barely even started. I have 30 pounds of baby weight to lose, and I have a house that could use a bit of TLC. Will it be challenging to do these things with an infant and other responsibilities looming? Yes, it will. But I'm up for a challenge.
What about you? Are you satisfied? Are you taking action towards satisfaction? What are some ways you keep yourself "in the zone" and on track to meet your personal goals?