We are officially 60 days into the New Year! Can you believe it?! The first 30 days into a year is important because how you begin your year will create the pace and flow for how you continue your year! However, we are 60 days in now so, this is the perfect time to stop and reflect on the last two months and decide if some changes need to be made!
So how's it going? If you came up with a new year's resolution, are you still focused on that resolution? If you came up with focus word for the year, is it still a focus?
How are things with family life? Work? Church? Health? Finances? Social life? How are you feeling? How's your attitude?
I know those were a lot of questions to think about and reflect on but to live well is to live whole. If you want to live well, if you want to have your best year yet, then it is important to look at ALL areas of your life because if one isn't well then ALL is not well. It's important to understand that no one can ever be 100% in every area of life - being perfect is not achievable but we can all still try. Every day, we can all do just a little something to be better.
My favorite example of striving in any area of life is a baby learning how to walk. When a baby learns how to walk, he or she takes a step and maybe wobbles a little. The step feels unbalanced and may even cause the baby to fall. It's not until the baby becomes more balanced and stronger that he or she begin to take strides. The baby starts off with a little step, wobbles, and then falls down. They practice until they aren't wobbly. They keep taking that next step and before you know it...they are running!
Sometimes when we step into a new direction it feels uncomfortable - we wobble and maybe even fall! It's part of life. We are going to make mistakes, but we can glean wisdom from it. Without mistakes, we really don't learn. John Maxwell calls it "failing forward." More than likely, you have learned something in your life that has helped you because either: 1.) you did it wrong the first time 2.) someone else did it wrong the first time. In the book, "Sometimes you Win, sometimes you Learn" John Maxwell says that "Our greatest lessons are gained from our losses." This is encouraging because we know we can grow from our mistakes and from the mistakes of others.
We still have 305 days to hit our goals, to make our dreams happen this year! Don't give up now! Don't settle. Keep going!! Keep growing!! Let me encourage you to think about the mistakes you have you made so far and learn from them. Don't waste the mistake, fail forward!
If there is an area of your life that you want to fail forward but need a little help, I would love to go on journey with you. You drive the car; I'll hold the map. As a life coach, I will ask the right questions to get you thinking so that when you pull over, you can readjust and modify your route to help get you to your destination safely, smoothly, and as quickly as you would like.
Having a mentor helps! Even as a life coach myself, I still have lots of mentors - I have and continue to get coached from my fellow John Maxwell coaching community and from my pastor. In the past year, I have grown significantly in my health, in my relationship, in my friendships, and in my faith. I've grown and learned more as a hairstylist even after 18 years of hairdressing. Currently, I'm working hard to grow in the area of life coaching, writing, and podcasting. Am I completely where I want to be? No way! Have I made mistakes? A lot!! (In fact, I'm sure my writing in this blog, right now, is not 100% grammatically correct). However, my mentors and coaches have helped me turn my baby steps into strides and that is what I want to do for you!
So, how is your 2022 going to unfold? Do you have a plan?
Maybe you are starting a new job this year or a new hobby that you want to excel. How are you going to that? Do you know the steps you need to take and the timelines to take them?
Maybe you are wedding planning or growing your family. Some people might right now be in the season of retirement while others are in a season of starting their career. Either way, no matter what season of life you are in, life is changing and having the resources, tools, and support to guide you through the process makes the adjustment so much easier.
I wish you the best year yet! Enjoy this year and remember, 305 days are left so make the very best of it! God bless.