The thing about dreaming is you can have infinite dreams, but you can’t have infinite priorities. *
You can’t do it all.
We like to think we can, don’t we? We like to think we can be in two places at once, have innumerable friends and activities, be the perfect wife and mother, or husband and father and also have the perfect career.
We like to think we can have a full social life and also get the dishes done, keep the laundry clean.
We’d all like for others to think this about us, too. But it would be so much easier if we would just admit it — we can’t do it all. Wouldn’t this be better for everyone involved?
We can do a few things really well, but we can’t do it all.
I don’t know about you, but for me it’s so easy to get stuck believing I can do it all.
I’ve watched other people do it — be the super mom who also has a thriving career, be the business-owner who is smart and savvy and profitable (and still responds to e-mails in a timely manner), be the woman who works and volunteers and travels and still always shows up looking fantastic.
But I’m only watching from the outside and, on the inside I know — you can’t do it all.
We can do a few things really well, but we can’t do it all. So no more guilt, no more fear, no more stretching-ourselves-too-thin allowed. Each time we commit ourselves to one thing, we preclude ourselves from another.
You can have infinite dreams, but only a few priorities.
What are yours?
*This article was originally written/published by the author under the title “You Can’t Do It All.”