'Life is what happens, while you are busy making other plans.'
March Madness. The 2012 basketball season brackets are out and in many of our workplaces much time, energy & research will be done on the upcoming tournament. Here's the observation: Many people will spend hours trying to predict the winner. They'll study wins/losses, statistics, strategies etc. to see if they can be coined "Champion" of their office pool. But how many of those people look at their own lives to see how they can 'end' a winner. You see in our society we are so curious and excited about what is going on in everyone else's life (especially sporting figures or 'famous' celebrities) that we forget to look in our own life. It's almost as if we use other people's lives as a distration so that we don't have to look at our own & what we can do to improve the quality of our own 'life experience'.
I'm not saying you should or shouldn't do a basketball bracket for fun. What I am suggesting is to ask yourself this question: If I were to spend as much time planning my week, or my meals as I do filling out a silly office pool basketball bracket---what would happen to my life? Would it improve? Or would nothing change? I think you know the answer. Zig Ziglar once said 'most people spend more time planning a vacation than they do planning their life.' People get so caught up into the daily maintenance of their lives and that they rarely take the time to work on their goals.
It's time to get off the sidelines of your own life and get in the game---after all, you are the star player.