I’ve had problems with focus for as long as I can remember.
When I was 10 I wanted to be a professional figure skater who performed Amy Grant songs and played tennis against Steffi Graf in her free time.
When I was in college, I changed my major…a couple times.
My first blog was about motherhood, the music industry, fitness *and* web design. Nice.
In the last several years I’ve started (and stopped) a few new hobbies in addition to being the mother of 3. I’ve run races, played on a soccer team, started a web design business, wrote a music marketing blog, and led a Bible study group. Then I started my current blog which led to speaking opportunities, conferences to attend and projects to manage.
And? I’ve done all of it extremely average. Woohoo. Go average!
Wait, no. Average isn’t a goal, excellence is.
And therein lies my problem.
I live a Walmart life. I do a lot of things, but none of them particularly well.
That’s what inspires me so much about the Olympics. The athletes dedicated and directed their entire lives toward absolute excellence at one singular skill.
Gabby Douglas and Missy Franklin traded in a long list of high school activities for one single achievement. Olympic gold.
That’s a trade I’d be willing to make any day. And though my Olympic hopes likely faded with the all the flames on my last birthday cake, I’ve adopted a new motto:
Do as little as possible, as well as possible.
So, my one goal is to be the best mom I can be. Because if I don’t do this one thing well, it won’t matter how many blog readers I had or how many soccer goals I scored. A full speaking schedule isn’t much consolation for broken hearted children.
My blog and running are still a part of my life because they help me be a better mother, but they get my leftovers. And everything else I used to do, I dropped.
Don’t misunderstand, there’s nothing at all wrong with playing soccer or leading a Bible study group. In fact, those are both incredible. But I can’t do it all. I never could and I certainly never did.
There is so much freedom and peace in acknowledging that we can’t do it all.
Cutting back is hard, but just as flowers bloom best when properly pruned, so will your life.
Dare with me to do as little as possible, as well as possible?
Decide what the most important thing is for you to focus on right now. Deliberately make the rest of your life flow with and around that singular goal.
Do you feel like your plate is too empty, just right or too full?