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“New year, New me” yea right, you said that last year and the year before. I’m not pointing fingers because I’m guilty of it too. We get focused, super motivated to tackle something, particularly around the New Year, then months go by and these things fall to wayside. Then we beat ourselves up for not accomplishing them. Can I dare us to be different this year?

What needs to happen for you to live the life you’ve always wanted? What stands in the of accomplishing the things you’ve dreamed of? Quite simply, what is holding you back?

I would argue that much of it is fear. Fear of what it takes, fear of what others might think and fear of actually being successful. Remember it’s the light not the dark that most frightens us. Many times we become content with living our day to day life that doing something beyond our comprehension seems too crazy even for the imagination.

Yann Martel, author of the book, Life of Pi, wrote about fear.

“I must say a word about fear. It is life’s only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unerring ease. It begins in your mind, always. One moment you are feeling calm, self-possessed, happy. Then fear, disguised in the garb of mild-mannered doubt, slips into your mind like a spy. Doubt meets disbelief and disbelief tries to push it out. But disbelief is a poorly armed foot soldier. Doubt does away with it with little trouble. You become anxious. Reason comes to do battle for you. You are reassured. Reason is fully equipped with the latest weapons technology. But, to your amazement, despite superior tactics and a number of undeniable victories, reason is laid low. You feel yourself weakening, wavering. Your anxiety becomes dread…” He continues, I urge you to read the entire quote here Yann Martel – Fear 

He says that fear is our only true opponent. Think of about it, if we were able to silence fear, imagine the things that we would actually do!

Let’s take a look at my 2015 goals. I think by analyzing their “failures” and “successes” we’ll be able to tease out a few more reasons.

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As you can see happiness was on there twice. A year ago, I felt it necessary to make it my focus. Many people know that this year I decided to stop running the rat race. I choose to not participate in life the way society said I should. I choose to instead chase health and happiness. My focus became anything that aligned with the aforementioned. Obviously that comes with a sacrifice, namely finances, but it’s one that at this point in my life, I’m okay with making. I also asked myself, what would you do if you were not getting paid? The answer was write, mixed with a bit of sports and fitness. I vowed to do the things that I loved everyday. I had my bad days but I always wrote even when I didn’t blog, I wrote. It is my therapy and I believe out of it my passion will take shape. I can say today this woman is so much happier that the one who wrote the list above.
Let’s continue down the list, I was suppose to lose 36 pounds by July. In total, I’ve lost 20 pounds but I kept it off which is an accomplishment none the less. I think, I’m a real blogger. I didn’t blog as consistently as I should have though. I’m not a certified personal trainer and I did not start my organizations.

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I stumbled a bit with my 2015 goals. But here’s why, I didn’t stay consistent, I procrastinated, I became discouraged and ultimately I lost focus. But guess what “It’s never too late to start over. If you weren’t happy with yesterday, try something different today. Don’t stay stuck. Do better.”  That is all we can do, keep going. Remember if you want a different life, you have to live differently. Happy New Year!

A Woman in Process

 

We are on the cusp of a new year and with that comes goals/resolutions. Everybody has one but few follow through. I think about how successful or happy or fulfilled we could be if we just did what we set out to do. Sometimes we get distracted but more often than not, we set ourselves up for failure. We do not set SMART goals. I learned about smart goals in a business class years back and it’s something that I apply professionally but most importantly in my personal life.

Goals have to specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely. For example one of my goals as I’ve documented is to lose weight. It’s not enough to just that say that however. But rather I want to lose 36 pounds by July 11, 2015 with an average of 5 pounds a month. I will accomplish this by exercising 5-6 times a week coupled with a well-balanced diet void of processed foods.

Be calculated and specific with your resolutions. And force yourself to set benchmarks that evaluate progress. Then simply take action. Do something every day that works towards that goal.

Below is a link to an article that I read every so often. It helps to keep me motivated and focused. I hope it does the same for you.

Happy New Year!

http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/01/22/12-things-successful-people-do-differently/

-A Woman in Process