It's almost SPRING!
In the Canadian Prairies, there's nothing quite like the warming of temperatures and melting of snow to build up an excitement for all the beautiful-ness that is to come!
The upcoming turning of the seasons has made me reflect on the excitement of what's to come in my own life: the arrival of a new baby, a wedding, leaving my 9-5 and starting a business at home while on maternity leave. 2017 is going to be a BIG and BUSY year!
Unlike the seasons, the beautiful-ness that I desire and dream of is not going to come with the switch of a calendar date. I have to take meaningful action to get what I want and fulfill my dreams.
But there's SO many things that hold us back from taking action in our lives. Most of the time it's a resignation that we can never have what we truly want because of that overwhelming thought of how we're possibly going to get there.
I know this all too well. For most of my life, I was never TRULY happy with who and where I was, and I felt an incredible amount of guilt because of it. I had incredible parents, awesome siblings, so many fantastic friends, the opportunity to go to University, to learn and grow, a great career...
It felt like my whole life I was waiting, and I also had no idea how or drive to make it happen for myself. If a barrier or a "no" showed up, it would stop me in my tracks and I would give up on whatever I was trying to achieve on the spot.
I figured that as I paid my "life dues" I would eventually be smart enough, experienced enough and confident enough that life would just start feeling like the right fit and happen for me. At least I HOPED that's how it worked.
But how quickly I could turn from a dreamer to a "that's just not going to happen for me".
Does this sound familiar?
What's the story you tell yourself about why you haven't been able to have the life you really want?
The truth is, a lot of us have had our dreams snuffed out by the belief that the "practical reality" of our lives shapes what we can and cannot do.
Maybe you have people in your life that have told you to be realistic and that your dreams are just a picture or thought in your head that other people can have, but you can't.
I think it's fair to say that the people that say that to us have never had someone telling them to go out and achieve their dreams.
But you do!
Through my own soul-searching and clarity finding, I can confidently tell you that it IS possible to get what you want in your life.
And it starts with taking action--no matter how small.
A great first action is really working toward toward achieving more clarity in your life. None of us have it all figured out--but I know there's more answers and possibilities deep down inside of you that are waiting to be uncovered.
How can achieving clarity help you take action? Well here's how I've applied the 4 tips into my own life recently.
Take time to observe and understand the thoughts and feelings that overwhelm you and stop you from taking action on the things that you REALLY want to be doing.
Journal about it, and write it down and reflect on what you're thinking and feeling.
My one game-changer tip for you is to set yourself up for the best 8 hours of sleep possible. Most people thinks it starts in the AM with how and when you wake up, but it DEFINITELY starts with the night before.
Plan to get that 8 hours of sleep and turn off the TV and Electronics and do some light entertainment reading, relax, meditate, or have a bath. Just wind down your body and mind so it's ready for some great REM sleep and you are ready and set to take action the next day (ideally starting with some more time being mindful).
Pay attention to what is happening around you. Whether bad or good, there is often a message or meaning behind how and what is happening in our lives.
This may not happen every day, but the more present you are (ie. not obsessing about the past or worrying about the future), the more likely you are to notice those things that will put you on the right path to the actions you should be taking.
There is no momentum killer quite like thinking we haven't done ENOUGH in our life. So in the spirit of being enough--make sure you're celebrating "moving the needle".
That person you admire who is SO super successful? Even they take small steps and actions toward their goals and all that they achieve. The secret they know that others don't is that it's important to have that positive, encouraging conversation and moment with yourself and acknowledge and celebrate the progress that you have made, no matter now small!
A big SELF high-five will get you pumped up for what you're going to get done the next day.
So instead of looking at the people you admire and wishing you could have what they have, take that brainpower and set it toward the actions you can take to create that life your yourself.
Even one small action a day will create a momentum that wasn't there before, and is better than standing still in a life you're not completely sold on.
It's one step closer to creating a life you love and the live you are meant to be living.
Wishing you a week full of clarity and action-taking!