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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.

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

Understanding the Seasons

A couple of months ago, I attended a conference and the speaker said something that I will not forget.  He said, “Every season is not harvest season.”  That very simple sentence was so impactful!  It’s as if I could suddenly understand everything that was going on in my life through this one sentence.  I, like so many others, had resolved that if something wasn’t happening within the next 24hrs as a result to what I had done the day before, I had failed.  This mindset is accepted in a number of areas including addictions, weight loss and healing.  Though we would like to convince ourselves that what we sow, we will reap in the same hour, it doesn’t exactly happen that way.

 

There are moments when you will feel as an entrepreneur, as a businesswoman, as a mother, as a wife, that your good enough is not enough.  You’ll feel like you are spinning your wheels going in a complete circle and not seeing anything close to your desired results.  Do you stop?  Do you switch and do something else?  Do you keep moving?  Well, stopping should never be an option; only tweaking and rebuilding.  Doing something else never solves the problem if you haven’t dealt with the common denominator – you.  Whether you’re studying for an accreditation exam or certifying your business in its industry, WORK is always behind the process.

 

Always know whether you are cultivating or planting.  When you’re cultivating, you are preparing land.  You are educating yourself, attending workshops, seminars, and conferences to sharpen your skillset.  Although these things are important for this season, it is something that should be happening on a continual basis.  Planting means you are sowing.  You are putting seeds in the ground expecting something to come back to you.  You are probably wondering if these seasons can happen simultaneously.  Absolutely!  You just have to be wise enough to identify which one you are in.

 

Harvest time is the time that we all look forward to!  It’s the time when you appreciate everything you’ve been doing, understanding that it was not in vain.  The feelings of wanting to give up have no space here as you are open and ready to receive.  What most people don’t mention is that what you do in cultivating and planting seasons, whether good or bad, you will reap.  The season changes, the principle does not.

 

Whichever season you are in, I want to encourage you to recognize it, embrace it and use your energy to be effective in it.  You will soon understand that the bitter cold of winter doesn’t last forever, the scorching heat of summer must come to an end, the foliage of fall soon blows away and the beauty of spring is only temporary.  Whether you want them to happen or not, they will happen, the question is, how will you prepare?

 

 

 

 

Kashonna Holland is a Speaker, Life Coach and Writer. With contagious energy, a vibrant smile, and straightforward message, Kashonna passionately and purposefully journeys alongside women from the point of breaking through the process of breakthrough – personally, professionally, and spiritually.

 

Click here to schedule your Fresh Perspective Life Coaching session with SK!

 

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The Extra Mile that Leads Somewhere

Talking with my son about his grades as a senior who is three months away from graduation and has already signed a letter of intent to play football is like talking to a brick wall.  Senioritis is in full effect and he is already looking ahead to his future out of our house, in his own space. While his next sounds great and is definitely an accomplishment to be celebrated, it is imperative that we do not neglect or overlook the fact that he still has three more months to finish high school.  Looking ahead too soon can cause him to get sloppy and lose focus on what’s needed to meet and master his graduation requirements. Read more

The Process of Pruning

My daughter needed to get her ends trimmed.  She was so upset that a couple of inches had to be cut off.  We went out of town and the whole time she complained about how short her hair was.  After a while, I told her that she was really overdoing it and needed to be okay with her hair trim.  I told her that in order for her hair to grow, it was necessary to trim her ends.

 

I often wonder how many of us have the same thought process as my daughter did.  We would rather walk around underdeveloped and have the appearance of looking good and healthy, but we’re really not.  As a matter of fact, we’re okay with not cutting off what needs to be cut because it takes away from the perception that others have of us.  We talk about how much we want to grow, but are not willing to do what is necessary to do it. We are not willing to make the sacrifices that need to be made, nor go through the process that it entails, realizing that those sacrifices lead to healthier, better and stronger lives.

 

*Pruning: to rid or clear of (anything superfluous or undesirable)

Pruning is common practice in orchard and vineyard management for the improvement of flowering and fruiting.  Incorrect pruning can cause flower and fruit loss and leave the plant weak and vulnerable to disease or insect damage

 

There is no doubt pruning is crucial.  It is what we MUST do to experience change not only for ourselves, but for those we refuse to let go of.

 

 

Kashonna Holland is a Speaker, Life Coach and Writer. With contagious energy, a vibrant smile, and straightforward message, Kashonna passionately and purposefully journeys alongside women from the point of breaking through the process of breakthrough – personally, professionally, and spiritually.

 

Click here to schedule your Fresh Perspective Life Coaching session with SK!

 

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