Sound Off Sunday

Sound Off Sunday

How are you starting off this New Year?  Have you made resolutions?  Have you decided to get, healthy, join a gym, eat healthier, become more organized?  What did you resolve to do this year?

Years ago, I decided to give up on resolutions.  You start off strong at the stroke of midnight and before the Dr. King holiday your good plans are out of the window.  I decided that I would make my changes prior to January 1, and use the new year to create a theme for my year and to create a vision board.

As you saw in my last post, I decided that 2016 would be my Year of Yes.  Now I have not read the book yet, I am getting started today, but I realized that I often told myself no.  Maybe it was fear, maybe it was finances maybe it was a lack of faith but when opportunities came my way, I often was the block between something new and something familiar. Maybe it was the fear that I would actually succeed, been there so many times.  Maybe I was scared that there would be mistakes and setbacks along the way, but then again that’s life right?

Whatever the reason, I have decided to grab life by the balls and run with it.  If I fail, I will get up and start again.  If I succeed that’s another blessing.  What I do know is that this year I will not let any opportunities pass me by.  I will try, and try again.  I have decided that I will no longer stand in my way and fear and lack of faith will no longer be a part of my story.

I have some major things on the horizon this year.  God is doing some amazing things in my life.  I will be moving into so spaces and some areas that I could never have imagined I would be in and most importantly, I will complete my EdD program!  I welcome you all to follow me along this journey and lets see what life has in store.

Not Finished Yet!

welcome june

Well it is officially June first!  We are half way through this year and this is the ideal time to stop and reflect about where you were when you started this year, and what things in your life you may need to reassess.  I am sure that most of us made resolutions, promises to ourselves or others or plans that we were going to carry through this year.  Many of us created vision boards, outlined our goals and we may have even gotten accountability partners.  My question to everyone is how successful have you been in you 2015 planning?

Whatever it was that you planned to do this year, whether it was to lose weight, de-clutter your house, make a career change, take a class, start dating, whatever the plan was, it may have been difficult to follow through.  For others, the year may have started off with a bang.  You may have been in the gym every day, you may have been eating right and you may have even gotten one of the closets in your house clean.  Then life happened.  You missed one day at the gym that turned in to two and then you worked late and stopped at the local fast food restaurant for a quick meal and all of your good planning and hard work was over.  But just know that it is never too late to start again.

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June is a great time to begin fresh.  It is the halfway point of the year and provides an opportunity to rest the clock and start fresh.  June allows us the opportunity to recalibrate our visions and goals for ourselves and make the rest of the year the best of the year.  While we cannot get the time back that was missed, we can begin fresh and start on a clean slate.  And what better benchmark that the half way point of the year.

So pull out those vision boards, and goal worksheets.  Find an accountability partner or hire a coach.  Make some revisions.  Make sure that your goals follow the SMART acronym S. Specific, M. Measurable, A. Attainable, R.  Realistic, T.  Timely.  Make sure that you do not take on more than you can realistically handle.  Ask for assistance when needed.  Make the extra time that may also be needed to be successful.  Most importantly be true and honest with yourself.

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Remember, just as quickly as we reached June you will blink twice and it will be December.  Pace yourself and make the best of what is left of this year.  Remember you cannot re live tomorrow but you can make the best of each day that comes.  I look forward to walking into our destinies together!