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AFTER THE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS WEAR OFF

It’s February. And while many of us hit our stride in the New Year, there comes a point where you can experience burn out.

The high hopes and ambitions of January 1 may start to feel out of reach.

Yet, as a visionary, a leader, a trailblazer, you can’t afford to slow down. The wrong week of downtime could equate to six months of lost momentum.

 

SO, WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS WEAR OFF? 

 

Here are a few ways you can put some POWER behind your new goals:

  1. Set bite sized goals.

Listen. Rome was NOT built in a day and neither are great corporations built over night. The beautiful things in life don’t happen overnight. They happen little by little. Brick by brick. Step by step.

Break down your goals into small, attainable chunks and track your progress.

Health entrepreneur and blogger, Kraig Becker said, “One of the biggest reasons people fail to stick with their resolutions is that they often set really big goals for themselves that are virtually impossible to reach. When they realize later just how difficult it will be to achieve those goals, they get overwhelmed with the daunting task ahead of them and often end up abandoning their efforts altogether.”

So, while it is great to create PUSH goals that will stretch you, the right amount of “push” mixed with the momentum success brings, can help expedite your progress.

 

  1. Check in on your progress regularly

Too many times do we write down our goals and never visit them again. We create our business strategy and then walk away, leaving behind all of the work, collaboration and mental labor we’ve contributed towards building something that matters.

Having the right metrics are critical to your confidence, your ability to move forward and your long-term success. If you are driving without a roadmap, how would you know where you were going? You need a clear vision of what success should look like.

Zip Recruiter said, “Instead of saying that you want to lose 20 pounds over the course of the year, work towards losing five pounds by the end of March. Doing this makes your entire resolution feel a little more attainable.”

 

  1. Don’t do it alone

You’ve heard the saying “Teamwork makes the dream work”! And it’s true. When you band together as a team, you can find the energy and accountability you need as a collective to keep your personal and business goals intact.

Get your team together, set goals and have everyone hold one another accountable. This can help your teams gain the speed and support needed to transcend past success and dig into something new.

An article in The New York Times said, “You may find online support groups and forums (on Facebook or not) full of people who are reaching for the same goal. But real life groups can help too. “

Apps like Slack, Asana and BaseCamp can provide the communications mechanisms your business needs to remain accountable.

 

  1. Celebrate! 

Celebrate your achievements. It can be so easy to focus on the next milestone when you accomplish a goal, but celebrating your goals trains your brain to drive any more towards future goals by providing a sort of mental payoff.

Motivate employees with an end-of-the-month party or special recognition when hitting an important goal. It only helps keep employees engaged and motivated to move forward to higher heights.

When Hope Seems to Be Distant

Oh the things unspoken regarding the cost of success. Whether it’s success in business, marriage, parenting, or a relationship, there’s a process that must be endured to receive the abundant overflow we so desperately desire. Sometimes going through circumstances and situations, we may feel like our hand is forced and our capacity to make good decisions is limited. Have you ever felt that God wanted you to do something…no, you were CERTAIN that He wanted you to do it, but things didn’t turn out the way you expected? As a matter of fact, they begin to spiral out of control…out of YOUR control. May I offer that when things spiral out of YOUR control, it’s normally an indication that God wants TOTAL control?

 

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I Should Have Given Up…

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I realized that I could have, probably should have given up, but then I made the decision not to. Actually, I refused the option.  I heard a pastor say that when you’re called to something or someone, giving up is not an option.

 

There’s no doubt that with life comes heartaches, failures, and sometimes defeat, but the determining factor is what you do with it, how you respond to it. Understanding that from the beginning, helps to eliminate the things that can sometimes be major distractions.

 

We must all be clear that there is a constant battle between our past, (sometimes our present) and our destiny; between being mediocre, good, and great;  We are pulled into what we were rather than what we are destined to become. It’s easy to turn around and go back to what we are familiar with, the comfort zone.  Success and excellence isn’t hard, it’s just that mediocrity is easier.  Being a person of integrity and character isn’t that hard, it’s just that cutting corners and telling “white lies” is easier. The problem with that is, when we go for what’s comfortable and what’s easier we really don’t pay attention to the things it has attached to it; such as, depression, oppression, mediocrity and lack. All we see is the fact that we don’t have to put as much effort into that place.

 

I remember growing up in a place that I thought was pretty awesome. Everyone around me seemed to be happy, with occasional depression and frustration, but hey, they were okay after a while. I grew up thinking that this was life, the way it should be, until I began to go outside of my normal surroundings. You see, once exposed to different people, places, and things I began to see that there was more. I began to understand that my normal wasn’t everyone’s normal. I set out to do some things that challenged me to have a fresh perspective of life. I set out to make friends in places that I wouldn’t normally make them. I began to eat in places that I wouldn’t normally frequent. I say all of this to help you to see that in order to get something different, you’ve got to do something different…you’ve got to shift your mindset and your thinking and align it with the principles of God’s Word. Opportunities are unlimited, but it’s your decision to maximize your moment and be ready when opportunity meets preparation.

 

Don’t allow your current or past situation to make the decision for you. The power is yours…TAKE IT BACK!

 

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Let’s Be Clear

The one thing that can be bad for your life as a whole is ambiguity.  There is nothing like trying to go somewhere without knowing where you’re going. Being on a journey with no destination in mind is really just taking a drive.  Unfortunately, that’s where many people are in everything they are doing, whether it’s their personal, professional or spiritual journey.

 

I remember being in a state of confusion not really knowing which way I was going in my life, nor how I was going to get there.  The odds were against me and I was a statistic of statistics.  Young mother, divorced, unstable financially, there was nothing in my life that screamed success. Making the decisions I made only guaranteed that I would end up loveless, with a poverty stricken life, producing a legacy that would follow.  Then one day, I’m not sure when it was, something happened inside of me; I realized there was hope.

 

Often times it only takes a glimmer of sunshine for me to put on my shades. It only takes a little love to realize that I’m lovable.  It only took a little hope to know that I am worth more than I was giving myself credit for.  Slowly, but surely, I began to get clear about who I was and ultimately, where I was going.  That was the beginning.  When you understand who you are, you start to understand who need to be around you and what is considered acceptable and not so acceptable.

 

When you are clear, you bring clarity to everyone else about his or her perception of you.  Now beware, this can make a few people upset and even mad, but clarity doesn’t compromise.  Clarity breeds success! If you haven’t tasted success, ask yourself how clear you’ve been about your future.

 

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Enjoy the Walk, Enjoy the Journey

The big picture of life can sometimes distract us.  A picture that is vibrantly colored and offers options beyond anything we can ever imagine is enticing.  We want it all and now would be a great time to deliver it!  Understanding that the big picture is important, it’s even more important to understand that the steps to get you there are crucial.  Read more

Success Comes with a Cost

Anyone who has had any level of success could probably tell you that there was a sacrifice that came along with it.  Although I love the thought of success, I must say that sacrifice makes me cringe.  It’s not the word or the act, but its not knowing what will be required of me.  What exactly will I need to do to walk in the promise and purpose for my life?

 

I meet many people who are like me; they definitely want to be successful, but when you start talking about the things they need to give up to get there, well, that’s another story.  In order to shift a mindset, making a drastic change in someone’s situation, there has to be total commitment and surrender.  The question always becomes, “How bad do you want it?”

 

Success looks different for everyone.  For some, it has nothing to do with money, and for others it has everything to do with it.  You have to know what your success looks like to be able to identify and celebrate it when it arrives.  If not, you’ll live your life chasing your tail feeling hopeless and empty because you never got to that place.  I’d like to suggest that you stop, breathe and reevaluate…often.  In doing so, you allow yourself to make necessary adjustments and you are able to see that the sacrifice was worth everything expended.

 

When people ask me what is my greatest fear, I tell them, “To leave this world with my assignment undone.”   With that being said, any sacrifice that I make to obtain what I see as success is worth EVERYTHING! My sacrifice goes beyond me; it’s my legacy.  Define your success, make the sacrifice and boldly live life abundantly!

 

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Pressing Past the Plateau

I love my #totalwoman attitude! My mindset is to live a healthy life personally, spiritually and professionally.  Within the perimeters of my personal living is exercise.  I didn’t realize how many women don’t like that word! LOL! There are days I wake up on time racing out the front door, ready to get my workout on, and then there are days when it takes a little longer than normal to put my feet on the floor.  Once I’m in the gym, I am committed to giving 45mins to an hour of dedicated time to my body.  I don’t have a trainer and I like to think of myself as self-motivated. Herein lies the problem.  When I am lifting weights and it starts to burn or hurt, I put them down.  I figure why put myself through such pain.  Even going through a process of losing weight, I plateaued.  I couldn’t lose anymore weight than I had already lost for about 2 weeks.  I quickly realized I had to do something different. I had to switch it up!  So I spoke with someone who had a little more experience in the weight room.  They told me that when I started to feel the pain and burn, it was an indication that my muscles were being stretched and getting the workout they need to become stronger.  Well, why didn’t someone say that at the beginning?!! ☺

 

 

As we are pushing, pursuing our hopes, dreams and calling it gets painful, tiring and starts to burn, so we decide to stop.  Sometimes we say, “Maybe it’s really not for me” or “Maybe it’s just not my time” when the truth is, you have to keep pressing to see the result.  I’ve read about so many that have pushed and pressed, then quit only to find that they were “3 feet from gold” (which is an amazing book by the way).

 

 

What I love about working out is seeing the results.  No, they don’t happen overnight, but I do know that I am stronger and my endurance is longer because of it.  You may not be where you want to be in life right now, but know that if you are consistent, you become stronger and your endurance becomes longer.  Maybe like me, you feel like you’ve plateaued.  If that’s the case, it’s time to do something different.  You may need a coach (hint, hint), supplements or a different regimen.  Whatever it is, recognize that something has to change and it starts with you!  Don’t settle for less, when greater is only arms length away!

 

 

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Things I learned my first year of being an entrepreneur…FULL-TIME:

  1. Trust God
  2. Know that it’s God and not you
  3. Have a sensitive ear
  4. Don’t allow your feelings to dictate the success of your day
  5. Laziness is not an option if you want to eat
  6. Living the dream costs (it is a sacrifice)
  7. Always prioritize
  8. Always compartmentalize
  9. Control what you allow into your space
  10. Write everything down
  11. Embrace where you are to appreciate where you’re going
  12. Choose your friends carefully.  Surrounding yourself with “yes people” only makes you weak
  13. Use your energy wisely
  14. Take responsibility for the decisions you make
  15. Don’t use social media to express your hurts, pains or disappointments; that’s what friends, counselors and pastors are for
  16. Realize that you are a one-of-a-kind original.  People may be doing what you do, but everyone’s not called to do it
  17. Take risk even when scared, often
  18. Don’t be afraid to be wrong
  19. Always be a student
  20. Always give back (even when no one else recognizes it)
  21. Prepare like you believe what you’re praying for will happen
  22. Believe in yourself when nobody else does
  23. Be resilient
  24. Being healthy is a necessity, not an option
  25. Your family never gets what’s left over, they deserve to get the best of you

 

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The Importance of Compartmentalizing

In our everyday lives there are things that are pressing and then things that are not so much. When we put everything in our ‘pressing’ box, it then becomes a priority, leaving us stressed and ultimately burned out.   I want to give you 3 ways to compartmentalize, giving yourself permission to rest and allowing yourself the chance to work efficiently and effectively.

 

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