Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Trina Cress ofBeginner Beans.
"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great."—John D.洛克菲勒
在过去的几年里，I've grown in my desire for a simple,有意的,contented life.Sometimes,然而,I lose focus.
When I glanced up,it took only a second to see her frantically kicking—her feet down,她的双臂冻在身体两侧，head tilted toward the sky,还有一层薄薄的水刚好覆盖在她的脸上。Her eyes open and panicked,she tried and failed to reach fresh air.
我设法迅速把她拉到安全的地方，calming her and reassuring her as she caught her breath.值得庆幸的是,从她走下最后一步的那几秒钟起，她没有喝多少水，也没有长时间屏住呼吸，我惊恐地注意到她。
That is the image that comes to mind as I think about my own venture into life.我愉快地把待办事项清单上的每一项都写下来，让自己慢慢地进入我认为可以管理的、充满快乐的状态。
Before long,I look around and realize I've filled my life to overflowing with good things.Good goals and projects—creative work,健康生活,hobbies;good daily tasks—errands,电子邮件,chores;我生命中发生的所有细节——我现在怀孕了，staying home with the two kids we already have,以及伴随这个生命季节而来的一切。
It's these moments—when I'm overwhelmed,exhausted,spent—that I know it's time to simplify and refocus.I need clarity of purpose so I can let go of some of those good things,opening room to breathe and move forward into the deeper waters of great living.
I got this clarity recently by going through five checkpoints on my journey to simple,有意的,contented living.我将在这里与你们分享，in case you are also finding yourself overwhelmed in the shallow waters of good:
我首先列出了所有占用我资源的细节。所有这些好东西，项目，tasks and life happenings—that filled my days to overflowing.我有一个"哦，now I get it" moment as I realized all the directions I was sending my time and energy.
2.Discover where you really want to be.
然后我梦想着我真正想要的是淹死在美好的浅水区，or confidently swimming in the deep end of great?In order to get deep into great,我必须对这些项目诚实，我真正想要关注的任务和生活的季节。我最关心和最想追求的是什么?
3.Consider what's holding you back.
然后,came the tough questions.What good things were drowning me?是什么阻碍了我?是什么好事阻碍了我做一些伟大的事情，或者什么都不做?
4.Let go of good for better.
接下来,came the hard part of letting go.I had to confront my hang-ups to letting go of those good projects,任务和事件。我再也不能让罪恶感控制我了——如果我想游得更好，我需要经历一个具有挑战性的过程，那就是放弃多余的好东西。
Finally,是时候带着感激之情，专注于我的目标了。What would I do today to implement my new simple,有意的,contented focus?
专注于我的人生方向，工作,and family came as I dove into these checkpoints.I found a refreshing clarity like pulling my head above the water's surface and taking in a healing breath of air.A renewed focus of where to point my limited resources to swim in great.
What good things in your life are keeping you from great?