Hello friends! Happy Tuesday & end of February!!
As February comes to a close I can’t help but think to what has driven me the past few months. Lately, I’ve been searching to find direction and clarity with what brings me joy and productivity so that I’m able to better serve my clients and loved ones. When I sat down to really hone in on what these things were I thought back to the New Year Resolutions I set.
You’re probably thinking, “Huh, those are still a thing in February?” They do last beyond January believe it or not!! I was very intentional when setting these resolutions because I wanted to use them to help grow personally and professionally.
So, thinking back to the blog post I did listing out my NYRs, I had the ones I wasn’t too worried about keeping because I knew I had a good foundation to create the habit. They were:
The last NYR however was a tricky one for me. Reading two books per month. This coming from the girl who it once took two years to finish one book and I’m not even really sure I remember the ending. This was a goal I knew would be the hardest for me to succeed at because it was exploiting a weakness of mine. In the past when I would sit down to read, I’d just think of all the other things I could be getting done. Once I shifted my mindset to taking this time to learn and further develop, it was a game changer.
I didn’t meet this goal in January. I only read 1.5 books, so I went into the first week of February determined to finish She Means Business by Carrie Green (which I did!). I started to think “Maybe it’d just be easier if I switched it to 1.5 books per month because that seems a little more manageable.”
I sat down two weeks ago and wrote an outline for this blog and guess what? I had only finished 1 out of my 2 books for February. I heard that voice sneak back in and say “Well really, you only need to read half of the second one.” I continued to write a rough draft of how it’s okay if you slip as long as you’re doing your best. I even wrote:
“Reading two books was a lofty goal at the beginning of the year, but I’m doing my best! … Even though I haven’t reached my 2 books per month goal, I am bound and determined to not beat myself up about it. Instead I’m choosing to reflect and adjust. I still want to keep the goal of 2 books per month, but I am adjusting my mentality that if I only get to 1.5, that’s okay too. ”
I call BS, past Emily. B.S. FREAKING ALERT. I just wasn’t making it a priority!! I was not doing my best and I was not okay with that. It was only after writing it out and seeing that I was accepting mediocrity, that I challenged myself to do better. And I did. I finished the second book in 7 days.
We need to truly believe we can accomplish the goals that we set for ourselves. If we don’t believe we can do it with every fiber in our bodies, we won’t. Plain and simple. Yes I know we can’t always do everything we set out to do, but did you at least give it your all? Giving myself that excuse for not finishing the second book was just taking an easy way out because I hadn’t dedicated the time to it.
I went to an event in the beginning of January and we got on the subject of New Year Resolutions. What I learned was that most people hadn’t even bothered to make any because they knew they wouldn’t keep them. That breaks my heart! It’s like they didn’t see themselves worthy of bettering themselves or didn’t believe enough in themselves to even try.
If you’re on the edge of your seat with excitement to know the two books I finished this month, they were “The Great Divorce” by C.S. Lewis and “You are a Badass at Making Money” by Jen Sincero. Both wonderful books that I highly recommend!!
I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to read the words I put out on this blog. Take the time today to really think about one thing you can do in your life to become a better version of yourself and don’t put anything less than your best into becoming that you. Never forget that you are worthy of everything you desire.
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Until next time!
Emily has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University. There she learned how valuable organization can be in being productive. She chose to use this knowledge and help others achieve this productivity and optimization in their homes and small businesses. Read & Enjoy and as always, let us know if you have any questions!