Have you ever felt guilty for giving up? Maybe you were on the other side of the coin and tasted sweet victory after you contemplated throwing in the towel.
For me, 2016 is my year to achieve the impossible. This year, I pushed past fear in order to birth a miracle, our son Kingston. Yet, along the journey I was tempted to waver between faith and fear, hope and despair, love and loss.
It was December 22, 2015, I received the word that I was pregnant. However, I was warned to patiently wait as the pregnancy had to progress through stages to ensure it was viable.
At that point, we made a decision to believe we would see our miracle from conception to healthy delivery. This was my goal at the beginning of 2016.
According to Scranton University, more than 40% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions but a mere eight percent actually accomplish them.
Maybe it was your best laid plans to get fit and ditch those bad eating habits. Possibly, you thought you had the courage to say enough is enough and walk away from that dead-end relationship or job. Maybe you were going to stop living in fear and start moving in faith to believe something positive would happen to you.
What I just shared might have been a picture of your intent at the start of 2016. Now, we are less than 3 months until the end of the year. How are you tracking on those goals and intentions?
No matter where you are, it doesn’t matter as long as you finish strong.
I’ve learned this the hard way. The journey to motherhood, marriage and entrepreneurship are all different facets of me but all required the same process for me to achieve my goals.
It started with having a vision for what I wanted. The vision has to be rooted in an expectation of hope. It is a dream of something that is worth pursuing and believing everyday despite the circumstances. This is often the hardest part when you have dealt with disappointment but it is also the most rewarding. You will rise up to your expectation so why not see something great!
Next, it takes more than vision, it must move to action. How are you putting actions to your vision? What can you do daily? Can you commit to 30 minutes of workout time? Can you write for 15 minutes each day? Suddenly each paragraph becomes a page, becomes a chapter and suddenly you have a completed book. You will have to commit to take action in order to move beyond the vision.
Finally, you must recommit to the vision and do something daily. Don’t get overwhelmed with the details. It will paralyze you. Attach an action to an existing routine to make a new habit. Once it is a habit it is solidified as a way of life.
The best news I can share is that 2016 is not over. You still have less than three months to finish what you started. I hope that this message of resilience and reclaiming what is yours will motivate you.
I want to invite you to join me as we talk more about this topic. I’ll be sharing more about this opportunity for us to connect live soon!