A Week In, Do You Need to Restart Yet?
We are a week into 2017. Have you already broken all your resolutions?
I just read that only 28% of people even make those things anymore. WHAT?!? That makes me sad. What else do you do on New Years' Day if not make a mile-long list of resolutions that you will undoubtedly break within a week or two, certainly before a month? Okay, maybe I'm the only one that has done that most of my life. Maybe I'm not.
I have evolved a bit. Thank sweet baby Jesus! However, I do still spend New Years' Day making plans for ways to intentionally grow. I thought I would share a strategy for growth I am using in case you are ready to have your best year ever.
During the last year, I listed to the audio book, and then read, Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. I cannot recommend it enough! PLEASE do yourself a favor and at least listen to or read it. It's a short, easy read. I am putting into practice the S.A.V.E.R.S. offered in the book.
For the first week getting up at 5:00 a.m., which is my goal, didn't quite happen every day. (Don't run now, you can get up whenever you want.) There were some obstacles that I now recognize as excuses, but hey, they were good ones. I did NOT however, throw my hands in the air and proclaim that "I failed". I didn't fail. I overslept a couple of times but I am still moving towards creating this habit. If you don't want to wait until you have time to read I made this graphic that you can use to get started.
I am totally convinced that these practices are going to be beneficial as I set an intention to stop with the excuses. Excuses keep us from living a fully engaged, fully expressed, fully passionate life. A lesson I'm learning right now is that quitting only slows you down. Every time I quite on a goal I am only pushing my completion date back. I do not want to be the kind of person that gives up, so this is super helpful to me. I can fail, get back up, try again, and do it all over and over. If I stop quitting I will get there much faster. Duh, right? I know. That was my thought too until I realized how true it was in my life.
I am including pictures of my affirmation document and my vision board. I have taped both of them into my Tools for Wisdom planner. I would love to hear from you. Let me know the tools for goal setting AND achieving that have been helpful in the past, or the ones you are using.
I copied and pasted my "business affirmations" from the Miracle Morning website. I couldn't have said it better myself so I didn't. There is no reason someone else's words can't be your affirmation. One thing that I think is important is to start with things that are positive but also believable. If you have spent 30 years telling yourself that you hate your body don't switch to "my body is perfect and amazing", maybe try "my body is capable".
When creating a vision board remember the pictures you add are for inspiration. Not comparison. Some of the items that are on mine I would like to actually have, such as the Vespa, but most of them simply represent something to me. Your vision board is personal and private. I just tend to be shameless lately so I thought I would let you into my brain. I'm in love with the ocean so lot's of that for my vision board. Lots of connecting and peaceful living.
One of the best things about creating this was that after it was done it helped me truly clarify my values. I even added them. There are no "right" or "wrongs" here. Add a picture and then ask yourself what that picture represents. Your highest values will emerge from the pictures.
I hope this blog gets you excited about creating the best year you have ever experienced!