Ladies and Gentlemen, March has officially entered the building!
I’m not sure if it’s the fact that spring is near, or that I’m grateful February is over! All I know is, it’s about to be a great month.
February was trying! There was so much adversity and loss in such a short amount of time that I lost focus of my goals. I read through my bible plan maybe four times this month. I did not read my book of the month. The gym did not see me AT ALL (even though I was able to work in a few workouts at home). I overspent on my budget in four categories. I had to replace three tires. And the worst of them all, my best friend’s father passed away, causing anything I thought I had planned to come to a complete standstill.
It was rough. But it did not kill my determination to make progress this month!
One of the tools I use to (try to) keep track of myself is Powersheets. As I filled them out this morning, there was a section asking about a word or focal goal for this month. In pure alliteration fashion (grammar geeks rejoice), the first word that came to mind was “momentum”. Strangely enough, this word also came to mind this time last year. The difference? This year will include actual action behind the word.
“Momentum is the driving force gained by the development of a process or course of events.”
So momentum can’t even be achieved if there’s no process development? Absolutely not.
What is a process? It is a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a desired end. Achieving goals (our desired end) is a process. It requires action. It requires work. And work is the driving force for momentum to be gained.
Sometimes, things happen. We get knocked down or thrown off course by an event. Keep going! This year has the potential to be our best if we are diligently putting in the work to accomplish our goals. We can’t just be sayers, we must be doers. We can’t just write things down. We must perform. We must act.
As the first full week of this glorious month rolls in today, ask yourself what your process is. What do you have to do to feel like you’re gaining momentum in your goals? What plan of action do you have? Are your plans realistic? Sometimes, we can end the journey before it even begins because we’re TOO ambitious. We want to lose 30 pounds, but we can’t even accomplish consistently eating right or we don’t get up and move throughout the week.
We have to evaluate our actions and make the steps little by little that will get our goals completed.
You want to shed some extra pounds, challenge yourself to workout three times a week in March.
You want to write that book, challenge yourself to write 300 words a day, Monday-Friday.
You want to become an avid reader, challenge yourself to read for 30 minutes every other day.
You can do it!! Those little by little steps are the keys to building momentum. Achieving goals is only as stressful or overwhelming as we think it is.
For the month of March, I will be:
- Maximizing my mornings by going to sleep at 11PM, waking up at 6:30AM and re-establishing my morning routine.
- Working out three times per week using the 2016 Massy Arias 30-day winter program.
- Attending a local physical training center.
- Reworking my budget and successfully sticking to it.
- Growing my blog audience by posting content at least once a week and promoting the posts.
- Reading the chronological bible plan in YouVersion daily (making this a part of my morning routine.)
- Reading through How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie.
- Making action steps to complete two items from the three special projects I mentioned in my “Goals Revealed” post.
Here’s to progress!