I don’t know what your 2016 looked like but mine kind of ended like a train wreck. It wasn’t like anything tragic happened and all-in-all, I really am thankful for 2016 in so many ways. I am starting to grasp what it really means when we say “What you focus on grows.” Focusing on the past with anxiety and frustration is going to increase our irritation and disappointment.
So what do we do to combat the past? We have to look at the situation we are presently in and separate what we can control from what we cannot. Sounds simple enough right?
Truth Telling Time from a Mother of 5
The last 6 months of the year, I stopped caring (to an extent) about the things I valued. My workouts were sporadic and though I did make them happen, they weren’t a priority and I wasn’t giving my best when I pushed play. My work was suffering. The motivation for growing me and my clients was slipping. I showed up but it was out of necessity and less out of enthusiasm.
And in the process, I lost my joy.
I always ask myself questions when I start to feel noticeable changes in my mood and motivation. I don’t like being in that place for very long, so getting in your own head and taking control is the first step to manage the crazy! It’s easy to give into our emotions and waste time, skip workouts, let appointments slip… and for someone like me who gets to choose when and where and how long I work, It’s far too easy to waste time, skip work and opt for non-essential tasks.
Calling Doctor Bain…Checkup Time!
I decided a close examination of myself, my days and my priorities was in order ((my answers are in blue)) This is my quick list – yours can look different – but I encourage you to make a list of questions for yourself. Answer them honestly. It won’t change anything to just go through the motions.
- How is my nutrition? Could for sure be better
- Am I getting enough sleep? Hahahahaha
- Am I using a calendar to keep up with important events? Not like I should be
- Am I working out hard enough to challenge myself? Bingo! Lacking big time here
- Am I drinking enough water? Definitely not
- Am I spending enough time in prayer? Uhhhhhhh ?!?
Self-examination is so fundamental to figuring out where you are missing the mark and how to get yourself back on track. Are you still looking back on 2016? Are you pondering all the things that went wrong and dwelling on the frustrations of the past? Take notes about changes you’d like to make, but don’t dwell there.
I challenge all of us to change up our perspective!
Think of a time when you felt good and life was working out nicely. What were you doing then that made such a difference? Your answers will provide a pretty telling story of where you need to refresh and recharge. New beginnings can happen anytime you choose. January tends to be a common month for making goals. Take some time to reflect on how you can get your year on the right path and use the series of questions above to help you get back on track later in the year.