March is definitely roaring in like a lion with cold wintry temperatures and sunshine today! But even in the cold, we can see the signs of Spring coming. Flowers beginning to pop up all around the neighborhood and the days becoming longer (at least here in the NW).
This has me struggling to be indoors without any light from any windows this morning. Work is challenging to concentrate on and I am itching to enjoy the sunshine. To kick off this week, I am posting motivations; for you and for me.
May we each have a fabulous Monday!
I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning. I was not feeling that 430 am wake up alarm! My first thought was “not already!” There just did not seem to be enough down time this weekend. Too many activities, hours in the car and late nights, I was not feeling as rested heading into a Monday morning as I prefer. And to top if off, the team I wanted to win the Super Bowl lost (this is an American football tradition for those not familiar). To say the least I was less than excited to the day.
But I got up anyway! See I committed to making my health a priority this year. I decided to be active Every Single Day. Not when it was convenient. Not only when I want to or feel like it. I made a deliberate commitment to myself. So even on mornings I do not want to workout. Or the mornings I do not want to get out of bed. I do not always want to read or journal. BUT, I always feel better once I follow through on that commitment. I always feel accomplished when I see those minutes rack up on my Fit Bit. Or when I see the string of entries without any missed days.
Commitment is tough at times. It requires sacrifice often. Today it was a struggle to not just be lazy and fall back to sleep on the sofa. And once I completed that workout and the rest of my morning rituals, the better I felt about facing the day. I had more energy. I was in a more positive frame of mind.
What commitments have you made to yourself this year? How are you working on them after the first month of the new year? Did you set a resolution without a plan for follow through? I think many of us know that if we “fail to plan our plans will fail“~Churchill quote.
Because this commitment to my health is my number one priority this year; I made a plan to execute. Here is what I do daily:
- Get up between 430-500 am. This took some gradual adjustment. I was already getting up consistently at 5, so each work day in January I moved the alarm back by 5-10 minutes. Now waking up at 430 is not that challenging. But I do head to sleep between 9-10 pm. Sleep is vital to health and knowing your optimum amount of rest needed will help you if waking up early is a goal.
- Be active every day. I started the first week with a set amount of squats each day for a week. Then I added in walking a specific amount of steps. Then push-ups. Now at 6 weeks into the new year, I am up to about 20-25 minutes each day, lots of weight training activities and 8-10K steps per day. This was a change from setting a weight loss goal, this was about being intentional with activity every day.
- Read and journal every day. I have done both of these for the past couple of years. Reading has always been something I love so this is pretty easy of a commitment. Writing everyday is a bit tougher to follow through on. But I want to see the progress. I want to see the string of dates without a break. So after my daily workout, I read and write.
- I write my goals (5 of them) everyday. The main one I am focusing on, I write multiple times a day. I am thinking about that one thing all day, everyday. I am jotting down what I want to do each week to work toward that goal.
Keeping our commitments to ourselves seems really easy to give up on. Making changes is tough! For some reason, it seems easier to keep when we make a commitment to someone else. But you are just as important! In fact if you don’t make yourself a priority you do not have as much to give to anyone else.
So this month, renew (or keep going) your focus to keeping those promises you make to yourself. Make a plan. Write it down. And mark it off when you complete those tasks. You are not alone! Keep going. Even on those Monday mornings when you want to sleep in, just keep at it!
Happy Monday everyone! I am one of those folks that do not mind Mondays so much. I’m sure I would enjoy them more if I was working for myself and didn’t have to be out the door by 630am. But still, it’s the beginning of a new week! Anything is possible.
I have old songs running through my head today. One line; “I’ve always been a dreamer” by the Eagles is playing in my mind today. I am busy dreaming today. Dreaming of all the plans I have for this year and decade ahead. Now I am a realist as much as a dreamer so I know that many things may not come true, but I am a believer in the saying “shoot for the moon and even if you miss you will land among the stars.” So one of my motto’s is “why not try?!”
Whether you are starting a new year, new business, new relationship, new job, etc; there are always things you can do to set yourself up for the most success in these ventures. And that is what we all want right, to be successful in whatever we are attempting to build, grow or change in our lives?
So what do you to to ensure that success? As this new week starts, I have set my plan for how to tackle at least a few or my goals. One week at a time is my focus this year. As I talked about in last weeks post, rather than set a whole bunch of abstract goals that are not very clearly defined, I want to try something new this year.
I thought I would share how I am working on goals and dreams this year.
- Asking myself new questions. Such as where do I want to be at the end of this year? What do I want my body to look like? My bank account? My relationships? Career? Business? You can apply these questions to your own world and what your priorities currently are.
- Focusing on one major goal at a time. For me one dream that I have had for years is to finish writing a book. So each week I plan to write a chapter or two. By giving myself one task to do for this goal, I am breaking it down so it does not seem so overwhelming. I am not trying to eat the whole elephant in one sitting.
- Another goal is to be more active. I could have set the goal to lose a specific amount of weight and although that may be in my mind, I am not focusing on that. Instead I am just staying committed to moving more. To being active every single day. By setting that as my daily plan and not stressing about the scale or what I am eating, I have freed myself to perhaps actually lose some weight.
- Listening and reading about others dreams and goals. Hearing stories of achievement and success is inspiring and keeps dreaming alive. I love to hear what other people have achieved and how they did so. It motivates me to keep trying, especially on the days when I do not feel like putting in the effort.
- Rest! Take time to rest your mind and body. Try to go to bed at a time that is conducive to the time you want to wake up. Knowing how much sleep you need to feel rested and re-energized is important. If we are too tired, we are less inclined to get any tasks completed let alone the ones that encourage our dreams.
These are just a few things I am working on this year. A few ways I am changing how I plan and work towards my dreams. I have many more that I am often thinking about and imagine I will share about as they begin to emerge through my daily and weekly commitments to bringing them into reality.
What are you doing differently this year to achieve your dreams? Three weeks into this new year are you seeing any changes in how you think about goals? In how you plan? As always I love to hear from you, drop me a line sharing what you do to see your dreams come true!
“Each sunrise brings a new day with new hopes for a new beginning” — Anonymous
I am an early riser as you can probably tell by most of my posts. I enjoy the quiet each day before the world I orbit in with my partner, kids and dog are all awake. I love to start each day with reading, meditating and my cup of coffee. Starting the day from a place of calmness almost always sets me up to stay calmer and more centered through out the day.
When I started into work this morning, even though it was still dark out, I could not help but think about the sunrise. There is something about experiencing the wonderful, beautiful masterpiece that the sky awakening brings that brightens my morning and reminds that each day is new and to be grateful. Each day we have the opportunity to be better than the one before.
As this is the first week of the new year at my job, I am overjoyed to start anew and see what this coming year brings. I love beginnings; there is an excitement that comes with starting fresh! Thinking and dreaming about all the possibilities of the next 365 days makes me almost giddy with anticipation for Wednesday!
I am hopeful as I launch into this year with many new ideas and plans. I am anticipating seeing more sunrises. Of being more present to appreciate each one as a reminder of the beauty in this world and that no matter how dark the night, the sun will rise.
What does the sunrise bring to mind for you? I hope it will help you focus and remember we have another new day to be thankful for. That we are ALL connected through this one action in the sky each morning and evening; as there is always a sunrise and sunset somewhere. I can’t help but think how wonderful that is to know; that we each get a new beginning every single day and with glorious colors!
Happy New Year!
Good morning all!
Visualization; seeing what you desire to have in your life, believing it to be possible and then creating it. This is what I’m working on these days. Learning how to visualize takes just a few moments but the changes it brings can be life changing.
This quote below is my focus today. May you start this practice as well. Our dreams are first a thought away!