People are great at starting new things. We have entrepreneurs, inventors, creators, writers, etc. I assume that these folks wake up one day with a vision. They want to create a new restaurant, a new story or even a new electronic device–hello? The iPad! I start new things all the time. I started a blog for instance. I start with new speech therapy clients almost every month and I even started a scrapbook. My newest start was working out at AmenZone here in Scottsdale. All awesome new starts, right? Yes! Absolutely.
Sometimes we start new things with big dreams. At least for me…I start EVERYTHING with BIG dreams. I usually get so excited that I want it to be PERFECT. Somewhere in the process of it becoming perfect, I get sidetracked by life. I forget I have a full-time job, a dog, responsibilities and friends and family that would like to see me.
Here is what I have learned to do…
Take all the new and great and wonderful things that you want to learn and PRIORITIZE. For me, my priorities go something like this:
1) Health & Fitness: This means eating right and exercising regularly. No excuses. No allowing myself to fail. By staying healthy and active I will be happier in my career and relationships. Putting myself first isn’t a fault, it’s a necessity. It’s something that I have been blessed to be able to do. Trust me. I am more thankful for the ability to do this everyday. I AM BLESSED. (I repeat this to myself often).
2) Career: If you are not healthy and happy then you can not be the best you want to be at work. Career pays the bills and allows me to spend time with…Friends and Family. Once again…I am BLESSED.
3) Friends and Family: These people inspire me and keep me in check. Family keeps you grounded. Friends keep you REAL. Added bonus: my friends keep me REAL-LY FUN! Once again, so BLESSED.
There is so much more to life. Sure, I could have kids, a husband, a big ole house, but for me I’m learning that all of that doesn’t matter. I have what I have. I have made this life my own and I am proud of what I have accomplished. Be proud of what you have accomplished too. Be in the moment and embrace it.
If you need to find motivation today, tomorrow or anytime just think about your priorities. Are you paying yourself first? Are you counting your blessings and making the most of your time here on earth? If not, remain positive and reach out and pick one thing to improve.
Life is beautiful when you take a step back and look at the big picture.