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My wife, whenever I'd go off to work and I'd be kind of anxious, she'll say, 'Remember, have fun.' Oh, I forgot, thanks for the reminder. Because sometimes we do forget. We take it all too seriously and there's a lot of joy to be had wherever you are.

Jeff Bridges

We are often focused on the things which aren't working for us that, like the great Jeff Bridges, we have to be reminded to have fun and find joy.

I work with a lot of people who have creative blocks and I don't underestimate the effect that can have on their work, especially if they are on a deadline.  In fact, I will be honest and say that I sat looking at my iPad screen for a couple of hours wondering how to approach this blog.

During that time, I found a great iPad cover, read the headlines on the BBC news website and found a cute photo of some dogs.  Then I dragged myself back to the heavy burden of getting this week's blog written.

So I read the Jeff Bridges's quote and it suddenly put things in perspective.

Yes, I was finding it hard work putting pen to paper (or fingers to keypad) and it was making me anxious, but let's look at it in the larger scale of things.

  • The deadline I have of writing a weekly blog to be published every Friday is purely self imposed, so hey, I have no boss breathing down my neck ready to give me a hard time if I don't deliver.

  • I am writing the blog to upload on my website which promotes the coaching business I run and I love.

  • If I don't finish the blog today (Tuesday), I can still write it at any time during the next 48 hours because I manage my own diary and can do what I want, when I want.

  • When I finish it, I will get a great feeling of satisfaction because I did it by myself and for myself.

  • I am sitting in the sunlight as I type.

  • I am alive and healthy.

And all of those things make me full of joy.

So, where can you find joy right now?

Interested in coaching to find your joy?  Check out how we could work together and get in touch.

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