“This year is going to be different. Really! I’m serious this time. This is going to be my year. I mean it this time.” More than likely, you’ve probably said this a time or two. I know that I have. However, even though this may have been my mantra a time or two, I have noticed that the times where my year was different, it was because I took intentional steps to make it different. Surprisingly (although it should not have been), I found my steps wrapped up in the definition of one very provocative word, SUCCESS.
Success:“the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one’s goals.” dictionary.com
Several things immediately got my attention after I read the definition of success.
Goals. If I’m going to have a successful year I need to define what a successful year looks like to me.
Favorable or prosperous. Success isn’t always about money.
Attempts. I can’t have success if I’m not “attempting” anything. So, if I want to have an amazing year I have to do something to make it happen.
Accomplishment. If I start it I should finish it.
For my year to be successful and amazing I am going to have to sit down and think about what I want as it relates to my personal life and my business (favorable or prosperous goals). After I know what I want, I am going to have to do the work (attempts) necessary to have the life that I want for the year (accomplishment). That’s it, so simple right!
Hello 2015! I was at the beach a few days ago and it was beautiful. I love being near the ocean. To see all of that bridled power, knowing the potential sitting there, stirring, restless, waiting to be unleashed. The vastness of it all really inspires me.
I feel like I am just like that ocean. I have all of this greatness inside of me waiting to be released. Waiting on what? Waiting on me.
I had a significant “aha” moment a few days ago. I realized that I do not have to wait for inspiration. I can be inspired at any time by focusing on the things or activities that inspire me. It sounds so simple and obvious but the significance of it became so real to me at that particular moment. My life has literally changed for the better because of this revelation.
Let me tell you about me. I wait for inspiration before doing a lot of things. It’s frustrating because there are times when I want to create, but I am stumped because I rely so much on inspiration before I begin a project. I would often beg and plead with God to “please let me stay inspired”. I realize now that I should have asked how I can maintain the inspiration vs begging and pleading. But that’s a story for another day.
Anyway, back to creating more moments of inspiration. I can be inspired at any time by doing and thinking of things that inspire me. Whether it’s saying thanks for the goodness in my life, going for a walk, sitting by the lake or ocean, listening to inspirational messages, reading motivating material, watching a movie, saying confessions or affirmations. I can, on purpose, engage in activities that inspire me and guess what? Inspiration will come.
I can not tell you how excited I am about this. Before I go I would be remiss if I did not reiterate that you play a role in this. If you’re frustrated waiting for inspiration YOU have to create it. Do the work and the inspiration will come.