To Realise (Realize) /ˈri:əlaɪz/
to become aware of, or come to understand something
to achieve something important
to trade-in assets for a return on your investment
Over the the past few weeks, the urge to spend time writing about what I’m doing has been overcome by the urge to just do it, as Nike famously used to say. I set out in January to document my achievements, however small, and that aim has been realised for more than half the year. At the time, the purpose of doing so was to spur me on to make positive forward steps, and to recognise those steps as significant.
The blog was much more about forcing me to reflect on a weekly basis on what I’d actually achieved that week. Sometimes the achievement was simply getting to the end of the week in one piece. Sometimes there were milestones achieved, at other times the progress was in single paces rather than races run.
And some weeks the progress was achieved through realising I’d learned or recognised something about myself, about business, education or just about life.
My latest realisation is that every week, every day, is a blank page. Sometimes it’s important to plan or to reflect on how you might fill that page, sometimes its better to just write and see what materialises, and sometimes its so much better to get on and do the things that, later, will fill those pages for you. This new perspective will shape my 2021 Vision blog in ways I hadn’t envisioned back in January.
So, back to the past few weeks. That urge to ‘just do it’ has seen me explore (and decide against) a new business venture, to work on a new writing project, to take yet more care of my health, to take a break or two, to spend valued time with others, and to make sure what I do for others is as good as they need and deserve. I’ve lost things and found things. I’ve filled pages and left others blank for the time being, but each page is an asset in the balance sheet of my life. An investment. How, and when, I realise those assets in future has yet to be written.