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Following Through

Forward Momentum

The sixth month mark of 2015 is almost here.  Way back in December of 2014 when I was declaring 2015 the Year of Positivity I wasn’t sure just how things would pan out.  You see I have plenty of ideas and a whole bunch of “I’m gonnas…” but seldom do I have a strong follow through.  I tend to get all hopped up on an idea for a few weeks – maybe do a little research, pencil some notes and then quietly let the idea climb into the back seat never to really hear from it again but only to give it a quick glance through the rear view mirror.

My chosen word for 2015 is “Momentum”.  Hand on heart this word has changed me in 2015.  I still have a ton of ideas floating around my head but guess what?  I have been following through on many of my ideas and slowly seeing my dreams become a reality.  The best part about all of this is that it’s not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be.  I’m still able to get all my other responsibilities done.  I still cook, clean, take care of my family and run my household.  But I also take the time I need for myself and work towards accomplishing my own set of personal goals.

How do I do this?  Well – first I have an ongoing handwritten list of things that I’d like to accomplish not just for this day, week, or month but for the actual year.  My list is grouped by the following ‘Goal Categories’ – Emotional, Physical, and Creative.  I keep this list posted on my refrigerator as a constant reminder of what I am working towards.   As most of you know I am a part of a year long workshop called “One Little Word” created by Ali Edwards.  The idea for breaking my list into these parts came directly from Ali and her prompts the beginning of each year.

An earlier version of my goal setting list

An earlier version of my goal setting list

This list holds me accountable.  By keeping my list and essentially my word ‘Momentum” so visible I am continually reminded what is important in my life.  I add to my list and check off items that I have accomplished.  The physical act of crossing out an item is a win for me. I like that satisfaction and sense of accomplishment.  I like adding new things to my list.  This keeps my momentum up and encourages me to keep going.

Now with that being said – does life sometimes get in the way?  Of course.  I have days and weeks where I am just completely swamped with other obligations and maybe cannot work on my goals as much as I would like to.  However, instead of making my goals take a back seat completely and letting life take control – I take the time I need, even if it’s only 15 minutes of quietly sitting on my bed, to reflect about my goals and how to make them achievable.

I will steal 30 minutes to complete an art journal page.  I will take the hour to write a blog post.  I will bring a notebook with me while I am out and jot down ideas that are floating around my head.  Small consistent steps are the key to my success.  That bears repeating – small consistent steps are the key to my success.  Being mindful of how life is trying to take control – this is what keeps me moving forward and in a positive direction.

These first six months of 2015 have been full of accomplishments and learning experiences.  I am looking forward to the next six months where I can achieve more of the goals that I’ve set for myself while moving forward with a positive mindset.  I have no doubt that you can achieve the same.  Set your goals, write your list and watch how small steps can ignite a fire within yourself to keep putting one foot in front of the other and heading straight toward your goals.

Keep it Positive!