As I write this blog post, it’s almost 1:00am, I am finishing up editing a short video for a 30-day healthy reboot/detox program I’m running, and I should be in bed (to get my 8 hours beauty sleep LOL).
But here I am writing a blog post that I have to get out!!!
We are almost finished the first month of a new year and I am filled with determination, reflection and excitement for all that this new year has to offer. Crazy isn’t it, that we are the only creatures on Earth that treat days, months and years with so much significance, while all the other animals just go about their habitual behaviour with little regard for whether it’s Monday, Friday or January for that matter? But isn’t that (one of) the most AWESOME parts of being HUMAN – our capacity for reflection, growth and change.
And what better time to create change than the beginning of a new year!!!
I am ramping up to create the very BEST year of my life (so far). I’ve had some really really really rough years (who hasn’t), and I’ve had some really really really awesome years. I am in full swing towards making this year ALL that I desire. Accomplishing this involves not only raising my game to be BETTER, but also recognizing what I have accomplished in the past, because that serves as a reminder that I truly CAN do anything I set my mind to…and so can YOU…so can ANYONE in fact!!!
What I’ve learned from a combination of; writing and publishing 3 books securing an endorsement from Celine Dion; creating a grassroots movement with a YouTube video that went viral and has garnered almost 4MILLION views; writing 4 songs (and recording ONE professionally); creating a soulful amazing marriage; raising 3 AWESOME, confident, strong teenager girls; AND starting a health and wellness business in the network marketing industry part-time, alongside my full-time job that allowed me to replace a full-time income in under three years…is that (drum roll please) you’ve got to LEAP!!!
What exactly do I mean by that. Let’s break it down…L-E-A-P:
You’ve got to learn from what you HAVE accomplished as well as from the goals you missed. Each misstep has just as much to teach you as each WIN does. You have to be honest on both ends so that you can quickly figure out where the gap is between where you are and where you want to be – between what IS working and what is NOT.
This “learning” piece isn’t going to last for JUST the month of January, or ONLY the first quarter of the year. Heck it won’t even end when you finally achieve all your goals. LEARNING is an ongoing component of getting to where you want to be in life. Because your goals will constantly be growing and changing, your learning will have to keep up. Think of it like bathing – you don’t do it ONCE and call yourself clean for the rest of your life, it’s a daily practice (I paraphrase from the motivational speaker Zig Ziglar).
I love this word because I love the power of it’s meaning to create MASSIVE change in your life. Here is the dictionary definition:
And that is exactly what you have to do to get yourself to an entirely NEW place in life – you must SEE IT as IF you already have it. You must see yourself living the way you dream of, FEELING the way you will feel when you achieve that goal. Take a moment, every day, to ENVISION your dreams ACCOMPLISHED with FEELING and gratitude and joy and excitement. The more you can attach positive feelings and good VIBRATIONS to the realization of your dreams the better chance you have to accomplish them.
Successful athletes, including the most decorated Olympian in history with 22 medals, swimmer Michael Phelps, stays ahead of the competition by using visualization and mental preparation techniques that allowed him to see the outcome he wanted – over and over again – before it actually happened.
Using positive affirmations, paired with envisioning is a powerful tool in achieving what you want.
It’s not enough just to learn and fill your mind with information, or just to visualize and say positive affirmations WITHOUT the crucial step of getting into ACTION!
Action = Motion!!!
Without motion – nothing moves – nothing happens. Many people miss this crucial step and it is THE single greatest tool to get you going and turn your GOALS and DREAMS into reality.
Figure out your ACTION – what it is you need to do (if you’re writing a book – you need to WRITE, making a product – you need to MAKE IT, building a team – you need to connect with people) and take steps EVERY SINGLE DAY that will get you closer to your desired outcome. Which leads to the next point which is…
In order to take the necessary ACTION, you must make a plan and then FOLLOW the PLAN. The best way to do this is to determine WHAT you need to do, HOW much time you need to do it, and WHEN you want to get it all done by. Then break that down into your day by scheduling time in your calendar daily as a NON-NEGOTIABLE, to take at least 3 steps each day towards pushing your goals ahead!
I’m sure you’ve heard the famous saying, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Doing all the steps above and leaving out the planning part, will inhibit you from actually achieving your goals. We are easily distracted, we procrastinate and can even lose sight of our vision if we don’t have a plan and we haven’t actually scheduled TIME to make it happen. When we sit down to work on our goals, without a plan, we can be AIMLESS and just spin our wheel sin circles, without making progress.
Be aware too, that in setting your plan, with limited time, you WILL need to give up certain things that are not going to help you get to where you want to be. For example, if you work full time, have a young family, and you are attempting to write a book, you will need to have at least 2-3 hours a day scheduled into you calendar that is non-negotiable time to DO the work that needs to be done (in this case writing). You may need to get up earlier than usual and repurpose what used to be downtime (give up TV time – this will buy you HOURS each week)?
I write out my schedule and my “What I AM ACCOMPLISHING TODAY” list (I like the INTENTION of this wording better than a “To DO” list) – THE NIGHT BEFORE, so that when I wake up in the morning, I know exactly what needs to be done and I can check it off as I accomplish it!
This four part strategy LEAP is simple and has been the key to achieving so many things already, and so many more things to come.
Borrow this strategy for YOUR own goals this year and keep me updated as to how it goes!
You’ve GOT THIS BABY!!! THIS IS YOUR YEAR!!!
GO make a difference and create the most amazing life of your dreams!!!
Always remember ONE person can make a difference, that one person is YOU!
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