This have been on my mind for a few days now, maybe because this relates so close to me. We all have goals or plans that are scattered in our heads or written out somewhere. Well, I have goals, many of them to be exact. I don’t know how I plan to accomplish them all, but I know I have to get them done, even if that means a few months or a year from now.
My goals for this year are very broad and very specific. I do them that way, so I won’t feel too bad about me not accomplishing some of them when I reflect on them later. Although I wrote my goals down at the end of 2017, I have been hitting the snooze button on some of them. For example, I plan on going to nursing school. This have been a goal of mine for the longest. I mean the longest. I graduated back in 2016. Yes, little me holds a bachelor’s degree, but I plan on using those with my nursing degree, so I have put them on the back burner for now. So, last year I was on the steady momentum of getting things done. I had everything planned out (in my head) of what I need to do to progress. Some time in September, I took an entry exam in order to get into a program I was looking at. As I said, I was very determined. I thought I had prepared myself enough, having much confidence of knowing I was going to pass. Well reality hit me in the face and I failed. I was devastated because I was sure I did better than expected. It’s because of that and the fear of failing that I’m constantly hitting the snooze button on this dream of mine. You know with the snooze button, you have about 10 minutes to hold off on whatever needs to get done, then the alarm sounds getting you back to reality. And we, I especially, get comfortable hitting the snooze button because I know I will get there eventually. Have anyone ever been there?
If you constantly hit the snooze button on your goals, how long will it take you to accomplish them. Imagine if we just do all the things we say we were going to do the first time, without procrastinating, where would we be? We are all serious about accomplishing something, if not anything, we just have to learn how to take the step.
Let’s talk for a minute. How many things have you put on hold because you were scared you weren’t going to succeed? I will be the first to say there are 4 things or even more. Then I look at all the people who are where I want to be and ask how did they get there? Not by hitting the snooze button time and time again. Here’s a challenge, the next time you think about your dreams, don’t be so quick to hold them off because you can actually succeed with a little patience and elbow grease. Promise yourself not to wait and just do it.
Some of us wants to be successful so bad that we will literally do anything. We are around a lot of successful people who seem to just get it without having much failure. That’s what we think? See, in our world today, we have various “focal” media – I say focal because people think what we see on social media about other people is the real thing – like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and others. We don’t see the long lonely nights, the failures, the start overs, and the try again. We don’t see the tears, the frustrations, the misunderstanding of family and friends, the notebooks of affirmations and a hopeful road map of success. We don’t see none of that! All we see are people that simply have it, with the constant imagination of how did he or she did it? Don’t forget that successful isn’t formed in a completely straight line. Success is like that strand of hair that doesn’t want to be tamed after trying to lay it down so many times. Or it’s like hitting the snooze button one more time to get an extra few minutes of sleep before you really have it get up. To me, success isn’t planned because anything can happen. Just because a person say they are going to be successful doesn’t mean it’s going to happen, at least not when they say it. You know why because many of us have the idea but we don’t know how to put those thoughts into action. Your ideas are free although your actions might have to pay a little. So you want to be successful right? Just how bad do you want it? The next time you think about wanting to be successful try these things:
- Do something different, break your normal routine. With the routine we have, this allows us to be comfortable, Now you know everything happens outside our comfort zone. If you always watch television, read a book. If you always go to bed late, go to be an hour early. If you find something that interest you, give it a try. What more could happen?
- Have someone you admire, ask them about what they do and how they do it. Conversations are a right tool to learning about someone. You have to ask those awkward questions… how did you overcome failure? How did you not let that stop you? If you could give one advice, what would that be? What can I learn from you? It might be intimidating at first because you don’t know what the person is thinking, but I bet they were in the same place you were.
- Have positive thoughts, it makes a difference. The mind is a powerful tool that allows a person to think negatively so easily. Don’t think about other people’s journey, think about your own. You are in no competition with anyone but yourself. Always remain focused on your ultimate goal.
- Listen to something motivational, there is someone out there worth listening to. Podcasts are a right way to get a person motivated about their success. When you are getting dress in the morning, listen a motivational speaker instead of listening to music. This will set the tone for the day. There are many ways to find these speakers, Youtube, Sound cloud, Apple podcasts and different areas.
- Have fun. Not everything is going to be glamour and gold, but it’s important to have fun in the process because that is when things will turn around for the better and become more enjoyable. People want to see you having fun, which attracts attention.
Let’s have a conversation. What are you doing to become more successful in the future? If you have any setbacks or any discouraging thoughts that have made you think you can not be successful, how did you block them? Who inspires you to want to be a better person? You can be successful, just be willing to work hard when others party.
If you want do anything, you can simply achieve it! I say this because many people feel stuck in their current state of mind or situation. “I have to work this job in order for me to have this.” “I don’t know how to do that because I wasn’t trained.” You don’t have to work a job that you dread everyday. It’s not healthy for you and the people around you. When you feel trapped in a place, it will eventually take a toll on you, which you might not see it but other people will. And you don’t have to be trained to do something, sometimes we have to learn as we go. The greatest leaders are lifetime learners. Always be willing to learn and grow. I always say allow the job you are at now to be a stepping stone for something else because it’s really temporary if you think about it. You can be the hardest worker, but your job doesn’t need you anymore, they can give you the boot. What will do from there. There are endless opportunities for you to become the next Steve Jobs or the next [insert your name here]. You never know what tomorrow will bring. The decision to simply try could and will open many doors. I commend entrepreneurs because they aren’t afraid to say yes when others tell them no. They aren’t afraid to fail, they aren’t afraid to feel or be lonely, etc because they know their circumstances are only temporary and something greater will eventually happen. You know all it takes is one time for something to happen and someone is a success story, whether if it’s you living in a car for a few years to being able to build your own house cash down. Okay, maybe this is a little extreme but it’s definitely possible. You are in control of your life, not anyone else. If tomorrow you wake up and want to be a writer or an artist, it can happen. But I also want you to know, nothing worth it comes easy. You are going to fail. You are going to go in the wrong direction. You are going to have a few or many setbacks, but you cannot give up. Life is not a linear equation. Things don’t always go up instantly. We have a lot of loop holes, a lot of doubts and fears.
Don’t be so quick to tell your “friends” what you are doing because they might congratulate you upfront but wish bad on you at the end of the day. Some people are stuck in their situation and want you to be stuck too. They don’t want you to pass them and make a living out of yourself. Stay quiet and keep moving because not everyone needs to know what you are doing. This is your life. Not everyone wants to see you win. There are many successful people who have kept quiet about their moves and look where they are now. Somewhere different from where they used to be. Now, they are enjoying life.
Maturity taught me I have to make decisions for me and no one else. I’m allowed to be happy with the accomplishments I have achieved. I don’t need confirmation from anyone to do what I want to do. You can care for others but care for yourself too. Hard work and determination are the various keys to success. Not everyone will like you, not everyone will cheer you on. You are allowed to do anything as long as you are willing to work for it. Sometimes you have to stay quiet when you simply want to express yourself.
I challenge you to think about your goals. Are your friends really encouraging you without having ill intentions. Do you have to announce everything that is happening. Whenever is said and done, who is still in corner? How can you do something different that will have a greater impact on you tomorrow or years from now. Create a road map and conquer your dreams one plan at a time.
Sending loves and hugs,
Today is a new day and a new month. I can’t believe we are officially three months within the new year. Where did January and February go? Some would say those are our trails months right? March is the month where we are focused, consistent, and hone our skills. I have to tell you a little a secret. As much as I like to do a lot of things and am accomplishing some them, I’m not very consistent with everything I do. The spark or anticipation that awaits when I have the idea of doing something dies quickly after I start them. So the things I want to do just sit in a holding state after it is executed, which is really bad because so much could prosper if we just stay consistent when things don’t go our way or become challenging.
Because this is day 1 of a new month, I’m challenging myself to stay consistent with blogging for the whole month of March. I know it’s going to be difficult, but I know I can do it if I just take each day one step at a time. When something becomes consistent in our life, we tend to keep at it to perfect any minor errors, which eventually creates a habit if I’m not mistaken.
Don’t be afraid to try something new, but once you start it, stick with it for a little while to see where you end up within two to three months time. Being consistent is what shows the different between someone being successful in the long run and someone being successful for a short time.
I challenge you to be consistent for the whole month for March. I know it’s not going to be peaches and cream, but there’s a reason for everything even if we don’t see it right now. So, let’s write down our goals for the month and see which ones we can execute effectively. For the ones we don’t accomplish, we will just carry them over onto April.
I would like to know what challenges you face with being consistent in different areas of your life. Let’s communicate and start a conversation!
Sending loves and hugs,
I would personally like to congratulate you on embarking this chapter of your life. As I was scrolling through Facebook, I had seen many of you starting different level of educational journey, like beginning college, grad school or children starting another year in school. Whether or not it’s a semester or simply a class, you are bettering yourself. With education being so important because of personal growth or advancing in job title, I wish you the best in what you are studying. We all have different goals and time frames of when we want to accomplish them, so why not congratulation you for sacrificing your sleep, your time watching television, or just doing something other than studying because it’s going to be worth it- this I promise you. And many people may not agree with you going back to school because it’s more debt you are adding, but you have to make some sacrifices in order to be a different person right? If there’s not a lot people supporting you, just know you have someone behind you, cheering you on, giving you that extra little push. There will be though times and rough nights, but it will all be worth it. Someone is looking up to you; you’re inspiring them now, later, or in the future. So please keep going when you start to question why you began in the first place.
For those in school, I hope you have an awesome semester or year.
For those starting a new craft, I hope you continue to have the same spark when the flames start to fade.
For those entering in a new management, don’t forget about those who are in the position you were once in. Do your job, but remain humble.
And for those still trying to figure things out, congratulations for not giving up when you have every right to. Keep going, you got it! You’re going to get there.
photo taken from google.