The Challenge: Dedicate This Year to You…

OK, maybe you don’t need a year, maybe you just need time in general.

Time to: bring yourself out of a dark space and focus on the positive, work on your mindset, develop new ideas, to read more, quiet your nature, change some of your habits, work through a bad relationship, figure out what you really want from life and from yourself, etc.

Sometimes, being around the same group of people keeps you harboring the same emotions.  Change your scenery, get out of the house, meet new people.  Stop complaining and do something about your situation, even if it’s just a little.  Do any and everything in your power to quiet your surroundings enough so that you have time to focus on you.  Remember, it’s not about being selfish, but about your growth.

Whatever you do, you must set aside time to deal with or change a thing.  If you don’t know who you are, you may never know where you’re going.

Brick by Brick: Laying a Foundation

duplo-1981724_960_720You build a house from the ground up.  You check the soil, pour the slab, mix the mortar, place the beams, and lay brick by brick until you have a wall, and eventually a place you can call home.  While you may not physically be making a house, what you do today is laying a foundation for your future.

Taking into consideration all of what a task requires can be overwhelming…long hours, late nights, extra time, having to give up your girl’s night to work on your business, etc.  But when you break down the project into smaller parts, you give your mind and body a breather.  You don’t have to do everything in one day.  Break it down into manageable parts that you can work on daily or even weekly.  And when you’re working on something, consider the result it will have on your progress.  Will it help or hinder you?  Even on a personal level, you lay a foundation in how you speak, treat and give to others.

Want to increase your vocabulary?  Learn one word and use it until you master it, then move on.  Trying to eat healthier?  Replace one of your meals with a healthier alternative.  Trying to change your negativity?  Interrupt the conversation in your mind with a positive comment.  Have a low self-esteem?  Find one thing you like about yourself and praise yourself regularly about it.  Trying to start a business?  Find a book in your field read it from cover to cover, takes notes and implement.

Folks, it’s about doing the small things well and moving on to the next small thing and the next, until you’ve built a collection of small things that have poured the cement slab, formed your walls, built your beams and put a roof on that house.  From there, you can decorate it however you like.