#Reverb14: Prompt 14- Roots & Anchors

Prompt 14:

The idea of rooting down into your own personal beliefs and center of truth is an ongoing process, and many things can serve as anchors or roots as you move through life.

What rooted or anchored you in 2014?

And where do you want to put down roots in 2015?

This has been one of the hardest prompts of them all, and one reason I left it unanswered for so long. Yesterday, I was thinking about this prompt as I went for an afternoon walk with my husband and my dog. While thinking, I literally tripped over the roots of this big tree. It reminded me of one of my favorite quotes from the song As Is by Ani DiFranco: “Cause when I look down, I just miss all the good stuff. When I look up, I just trip over things.”

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Yeah, pretty much.

One of my biggest issues in 2014 is that I rarely felt rooted or anchored the way I wanted to. I tried new things and started my marriage and that was all wonderful, but all would have been easier being rooted in the world as Tracy Brisson. I looked down a lot and wondered “Is Savannah my home? Am I a writer or a coach or a recruiter?” In my mind, I looked up and constantly played “what if?” when I thought about my future, with my head in the air, planning the rest of my professional and personal life as a Choose Your Own Adventure game of unwanted choices rather than envisioning one clear picture of my future that reflected my principles and values.

For 2015, I’m revisiting some things that can help me feel more rooted. They are all things that I do with my coaching clients, especially those who work with me through my Create Your Own Productivity Playbook package. One is to remind myself why I do what I do. When things go off plan, it is easy to forget the why and let yourself continue off-course from your values if other things in your life are tolerable. I have pulled up my old why statement and am revisiting to make sure it reflects me. I can already see some turns from the last time I wrote mine that need addressing. I am also revamping my combination life mission (Stephen Covey’s Habits of Highly Effective People) /50,000 foot plan (David Allen’s Getting Things Done) as the one I last touched in 2013 is outdated.

Roots and anchors are the most intangible and yet necessary attachments I will work on this year.

How will you root and anchor yourself in 2015?