73 days until 2015… How are you doing on your 2014 goals? Have you experienced computer and technology breakdowns that forced your hand this week? Waiting… waiting… waiting for fixes, sputters and stops; it can be a noxious situation for a fractious mind and pioneer spirit that craves movement to feel satisfied. Yet, somewhere, in the frustration, your mind starts doing what it does best… wander! Are you the type of person whose friends and family say, “Be careful, she’s thinking again?”
Sometimes it is good to lose control. Forced to take the time to collect yourself; you get present to where you are – in the moment – physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally. Just as your computer screen declares an information dump, so does your mind. Somewhere between cobwebs and sparkling clean windows, you meet yourself. Be careful, you are now armed with a long gratitude list and wonderful metaphors for living a rich- dynamic life; reduced to the simplest of terms.
Life, as you know it, changes and grows in directions over which you do not always have control. While your first instinct is to get back to normal, you cannot prevail over change by trying to go back to what was. Normal is not where you were, it is where you are right now. Your best choice is to define and affirm your character in any given situation and how you choose to affect change.
Character is not genetic, it is habit. If you find yourself in the messy middle, begin to distinguish who you wish to be in any given situation. Think in terms of, “While I am not always graceful (and the road is not always smooth), the following remain who I choose to be personally and professionally every day. Write it on your bathroom mirror and on your refrigerator door in dry erase marker. At the end of the day, write in a journal an act that supported the each point.
- I CAN – I WILL – I BELIEVE!
- I build trust and rapport in my relationships.
- I organize and carry out an effective plan.
- I develop creative vision.
- I am seen, acknowledged and validated for whom I am.
- I serve others.
- I balance stability with growth and change
- I keep a positive and optimistic perspective.
- I am a trusted adviser.
Our whole world moves, changes and transforms. It is normal to want to hang on to what we know and have until we discover that we have become slaves to our past, our possessions, our relationships and our dreams. Along the way, we justify our decisions.
73 DAYS ON THE WALL: This is the 6th Annual 100 DAY CHALLENGE to the end of the year.How are you doing on your 2014 goals? Do you have your ACTION PLAN yet? What one thing can you do today to get you closer to your goal? There is a natural tendency to drift and lose focus as we approach the end of anything. Drift can kill momentum and zap energy causing you to lose sight of the goal. Take stock of where you are (right now) and use the final 100 days of the year to encourage, clear the clutter and build momentum. This year we a look at – WHATEVER YOU PUT TO USE GROWS – how it may help you or hurt you.
Suzy Graven is a Writer, Speaker and Life/Work Strategy Coach. She produces documentaries and leadership training seminars under the banner “Woman Behind the Brand™”. Her unique experiences provides a doorway to work and learn from amazing leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs along with the sage of those who work closest to nature. This perspective serves as a catalyst for women wanting to grow their professional and personal lives. It leads to a thinking (anchored in real possibility) that generates vision and translates into effective action. You will gain power in dealing with every-day issues, and become free to live a major league life. Go to http://suzygraven.com. For information on Suzy’s coaching and to book a her as a speaker, send your requests to: email@example.com.