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Time to “March” Forward

Another month is upon us. How are you doing on those goals you’ve developed? Do you have any way to track your progress? Don’t lose hope if you have to answer, ‘what goals?’

With a new month comes new hope for a better future. The month of March is a great way to move forward and get them done. It’s a great day to start a new goal or go after what you’re dreaming of. As long as you have dreams, they can become a reality. But, it does mean you have to take action to get them accomplished.

Starting with small steps, ala Kaizen, will help you to begin and override any fears or doubts that may creep up. ‘Will it work?’ How will I do this?’ ‘It seems so hard’ ‘It will never work; no one will want to buy it’ and on, and on, and on. If you allow these underlying fears to become bigger, you won’t begin let along achieve.

Starting with the smallest, least threatening action will ‘show’ your brain that what you’re doing isn’t so bad, which allows you to continue moving forward. It’s ‘marching’ with one step, which you keep doing until you’re ready for the next, and then the next. With habits now taking almost sixty days to sink in, starting small creates good habits for life. It’s one of the easiest ways to begin and get things done.

Wishing you success as you march towards a more productive and successful life. Today also begins Lent, the start of 40 days until Easter; this can also be a good time to create positive habits that will impact not just you, but others. You can give up a bad habit, i.e. eating sweets, over-drinking, smoking, lying, gossiping, etc., or practice kindness to others, i.e. giving thanks or compliments, volunteering, donating possessions or money to those less needy, etc. I’m sure there is something we all can do for forty days. A positive mindset needs to set the tone – look forward and march!

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Let the Challenge Begin

It’s that time of year – the time when I begin my own 30-day blog challenge. With the Olympics coming up, this seems to be a great time to be in my own Olympics, so to speak. By doing so, I have found several facts that hopefully will inspire you to do your own challenge, whether that is blogging, taking up a hobby or exercise, losing weight, practicing gratitude, or stopping a nasty habit:

  • It’s only 30 days, not a year or forever. By looking at a short term end-date, our brains fear center relaxes so we can take action and not shut down before we even start
  • By doing one small task, or commitment, you will be starting a habit of which consistency and commitment are keys to following through. This is the Kaizen way – by doing the smallest task that feels the least threatening, fears won’t take over and soon you’ll be forming a new, positive habit
  • It’s not that hard – really. Think of past successes you’ve had when you may have said ‘this is too hard’ but eventually you did get it done.Reflect back on what specific actions you took then that you can apply now. Past success is a predictor of future success.
  • The challenge you choose is up to you, and not someone else, so you get to set the rules. This makes it all on you – both blame and success so think of which side you want to be on
  • Know that you are strong and can achieve anything you want; have the belief in yourself that you can and WILL see your challenge through
  • Set yourself up for success by writing your goal in detail, and then have a plan to schedule the task into your daily routine, and then celebrate your daily success. I think you’ll find that our motivation will increase, which will lead you on to the next day, and the next, and the next

If needed, get help if you really feel you can’t take action or follow-through on the steps you are taking. This challenge is about doing something that you’ve wanted to do to see if you actually can – see you on the other side of 30 days. I hope you enjoy the info I will be sharing with you. Let the journey begin!

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