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Win your year by embracing these 5 facts!

I want to preface this post by letting you know, this is not your fluffy encouragement piece. I am writing to share 5 truths you will need to embrace in order to truly win your year.

Let’s get started.

1. You will fail.

One of the biggest obstacles I see in clients and have battled with myself is the fear of failure. When we allow fear to guide our decisions, we find ourselves immobilized and stuck in a cycle of recidivism. The greatest thing you can do is to understand that failure is an inevitable part of the process with any venture, but our ability to bounce back is what sets us up to win big.

The truth of moving beyond a failure is that we never start all over again. We are starting from the point of our last achievement, with the added bonus of our last experience. When it comes to failure, think of it as a stepping stone toward your next big win. The harder you play, the higher the stakes! In order to win big, you have to be okay with big risks.

2. You will never be perfect.

I know that you want to wait until you have perfected everything and overcome every flaw imaginable before you move forward but, that’ll never happen. Allow yourself the grace to evolve as you learn and trust that who you are is enough.

Perfection is not realistic, but progress is. Set measures in place to help you to soberly assess your progress in the areas that matter to you. You’ll be surprised how much you forget to celebrate when you’re busy criticizing yourself.

3. You can’t control the future.

There is no amount of planning that will ensure you are adequately prepared for everything that comes your way. And you know what? That’s okay.

Learn to trust your instincts and to prepare from a place of faith and not anxiety. Be adamant about the result but flexible with the process. For example, as you begin working on workout goals in the coming year; you’ll begin to see that you have more energy at a totally different time of day than you planned for previously. Alternatively, a change in your job or hours may require you to make some decisions you didn’t have to before.

Life is always evolving, it’s in your best interest to learn to evolve along with it and adjust your expectations according to your current reality.

4. You are your greatest asset.

Goals are great, but if you are not at your best; you cannot produce your best. Everything you create will be from the surplus or deficit of the state of your soul. How well you take care of your mind, body and soul will dictate how well you execute all the things you want to accomplish.

Learn to listen to your body and cater to its needs. Determine to know yourself well enough to assess when you need refreshing, rest or increased discipline respectively. Do what you need to do so that you can be who you were born to be. Take care of you, the world needs you at your best, water drinking, well rested, spiritually rejuvenated self.

5. Your dreams don’t matter until you work them.

Listen, as a fellow dreamer I totally get it! I live in my head and I’m always overflowing with great ideas and innovations that I want to run into with full force. Dreaming is noble but action is imperative. The key to progress is focus, discipline and a goal that sets you on fire! If you are not passionate about it and convinced that it’s a worthwhile venture, you will likely forfeit it at the first sign of opposition.

If you are likely to procrastinate and get deterred, ensure that you have accountability partners in place to keep you focused.

I hope you’ve found this post helpful! As a reward for reading until the end, I want to offer you a complimentary strategy session to help you win your year in a real way!

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Live a little, love a lot, be a blessing!

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Flying blind… 

Two nights ago I was on a plane, there was turbulence and the only thing I could see out the window was darkness and clouds. Yeah, get ready for the really deep synopsis of my experience because it’s coming! 

But first, on the plane my first thought was to pray. Ironically enough I was reading a book that speaks of faith “The battle belongs to The Lord” by Joyce Meyer. Before I get all deep and profound on you guys – I was scared. 

I was on a plane much smaller than I’m used to. Everything indicated trouble, from the rattling of the plane to the rain splashing against the window and the looks on the faces of my fellow passengers but I prayed anyway. 

This pilot, some Middle Aged guy with a quaint smile that nodded at me as I entered the plane now held my life in his hands – like dude, I don’t even know you that well. So here I am, doing what I do each time I fly – trusting. 

We don’t know who our pilot is when we hop on a plane but we fly anyway. We do however; as believers, know God. We may be flying blind, but dang nabbit Richard (no idea who Richard is) we are flying with an almighty God that sees and knows all things! 

I’ve learned to fly blind and not think twice about it. I may not know the weather conditions, I may not know the state of the aircraft or the fuel levels but I know God is the pilot of my life and as long as He’s in charge – I don’t mind flying blind! 

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:31‬ ‭KJV


Live a little, love a lot, be a blessing! 


Featured image credit: Free Bird Diaries

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Walk down mommy lane…

I told myself, that even if I had to raise you alone – I would dedicate my life to loving you and I meant it! Your eyes glistened with possibility and purity that I could no longer recognize in myself, you were my second chance. 

 
I failed you baby, every time I lost sight of your wonder and neglected to tend to the little things that felt so urgent to you. You are the funniest, kindest and most beautiful little person I’ve ever laid eyes on. But you already know that!

   

 You coming into the world was the scariest thing I’ve ever encountered and the most beautiful journey I’ve ever embarked on. I was prepared to love you, all by myself with the family and friends who are just thrilled at your very existence. 

We make a great team ☺️

 
Only now, God sent a man our way who loves us both so much better than I’ve ever imagined. You’re such a blessing, now we get to share our love with someone that sees you as clearly as I do…

 

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Don’t call him my stepdad….

Many complications have risen from me saying “my daddy” and having to specify… But I could never get behind calling the man who raised me and loved me and sacrificed for me – my stepdad. 

Yes, some say a step dad steps in but mine didn’t. He came running to my rescue, running to love me and to bring me flinstones vitamins and McDonald’s. He came running to stick around for me when things got rough. He came running to be my hero, before I ever recognized him as such. He came running when I was in trouble and my mother was ready to shut things down. He came running because I was his princess, to him – I’m too smart to make mistakes. In his eyes I’m too good of a girl to do anything wrong.:. And though his perception is one I have seldom lived up to, I now see how valuable he is. 

He loved me so well, nobody ever questioned whether he was my real dad. He loves me, to this day with everything he has and I never feel like my thank you is enough. I don’t feel like my “I love you daddy” adequately states what my soul really means when I say it.

Thank you for accepting me.

Thank you for choosing to love me.

Thank you for making sacrifices for me, those I know about and those I don’t. 

Thanks for being there whether I had a lizard that scared me or a little girl growing in my belly that did. 

Thank you; not for stepping in but for running to my rescue. 

Thank you for being my hero.

I love you daddy!