So….About Those 2014 New Year’s Resolutions[otw_shortcode_dropcap label=”H” font=”Dancing Script” background_color_class=”otw-green-background” size=”medium” border_color_class=”otw-no-border-color”][/otw_shortcode_dropcap]ello October! I am sure you are scratching your head just like me and are asking yourself where has the year gone. Did I really just squander the past 9 months of my life. You unearth your 2014 New Year’s resolutions – to much dismay and with great discouragement- you shuffle it back to wherever you last found it. Many of your good intentions written with much confidence in January are now long forgotten. If you’re like me, in your head you have already appropriated space for the next set of resolutions that you will like to accomplish NEXT year in 2015 when presented with a brand new slate and opportunities to start over.
How about we start over now. There is no better time than the present. You see tomorrow is not promised to us. The best decision one can make in planning for the future is starting today. Small measurable and consistent changes are what make the world of difference. You grand plans for 2015 may see the same fate of 2014 if there is no action behind it. You see our lives are laced with great intentions but very little action. Action requires that we plan, get out of our comfort zone and do things differently. We are crazy to believe that our end result with change if we do not.
Where do we start? How much change will it require? How uncomfortable will we get?
Pull out those 2014 New Year’s Resolutions – We’re going to REMIX them
Here is my challenge if you choose to accept it:
1. Choose 1 realistic goal that you will put your heart and mind into for the next 3 months.
2. Plan your strategy for how you will achieve it.
3. Seek Accountability during the process from a few whose best interests are for you.
4. Just do it!
See it as the preseason game for 2015. Why 1 goal? Focusing on 1 thing helps us hone in on all that is needed to complete the task well. All I ask is that you remain consistent by documenting the changes along the way as you seek to accomplish your goal. At the last day of each month, assess your goal, note improvements and areas for growth and strategize for the month ahead. Your ultimate goal is consistency.
It is through consistency that habits develop. It is through consistency that character is shaped.
Here are a few tips that I believe can help us achieve our one goal in these next 3 months:
1. Show Up at the Start Line Then START:
It may seem foolish but many of us are guilty – including myself – of not preparing ourselves to even start. We come up with every excuse to procrastinate to the point that our once lofty goals now seem like pipe dreams – elusive. Plan your work and then work your plan. It is time for us to stop existing and start living. This requires full commitment on our part. No one else can show up and represent us but us. Now…Buss a Move!
2. Focus and Persist:
A powerful person starts strong but the persistent person finishes strong. Continue moving, continue working — one positive action done consistently over time can make a huge impact in the end. This goes for your financial goals, professional aspirations, and fitness commitments. Consistency is key. Do not stop moving. This is where momentum pushes us even on the days we just do not feel like moving. When we persist, our brain is now trained to do this activity over and over again even when our body feels like it does not want to accomplish it. You will want to talk yourself out of your current activity but do not do it. FOCUS! Take time to list all the reasons why you should continue. Your ‘why’s’ will help inform your hows. During this time there may be no fan-fare just only an internal drive to get you there. KEEP MOVING!
Self Control is really hard for me because I am one of those people who wants it when they want it– screw the rules. I am learning however that discipline and delayed gratification make for a more fulfilling end. Saying ‘NO!’ or ‘Not Yet!’ to self is the ultimate exercise in self-control . Being able to train your wants to be subservient to your needs is HARD but once mastered saves your life. We are constantly bombarded with many different messages of ways to get results faster, easier, and flashier. We cheat ourselves out of the greatest treasures along this journey when we choose to trust someone or something else to achieve greatness for us. We ultimately give away our power. We must determine whether what we want most is more important than what we want now. Face your fears head on then trample over them on your journey to the finish.
3. Finish It:
The end of a thing is better than the beginning. Finish it! Your completion of the task is a true testament to your journey. Finish it! So you’re drained, weary, and frankly over it! Finish it! You hit your threshold: Where who you were is at the mercy of who you’re becoming. Finish it! You want to quit but almost does not count. Finish it!. You’re at the end. YOU’VE FINISHED IT!
Pause|Process the journey | Give Praise |Party with your peeps| Prepare for the next challenge
So what goal will you pursue in the next 3 months?
My goal = Lose 15 pounds and build some muscle. Pray My Strength in Jesus!
Here is to starting & finishing well: