I don’t know about you but I have two words to say to 2015.
This was a shit year in Jodi world. I don’t know how you fared thru it all but for me, 85% of it was a complete cluster. Yeah, I”m not gonna sugar coat it. This has been the toughest year for me since Katrina blazed through New Orleans in 2005, and that was some cah-cah for sure.
But because I am an optimist I know that energy will shift and change will come and I’ll be back on the right side of things again soon. I’m going to make it happen because I’m not staying where I’ve been all year. No ma’am.
I had a lot of pain this year and I had to do something about it. You’ve heard that somewhere before, haven’t you? That whole thing about pain being a motivator?
My pain came in a LOT of flavors – physical, emotional, financial…it was effin brutal.
No matter what, I had to keep plugging with the business because THAT is non-negotiable. I have too many people to help before I leave this planet and I’m hell bent on reaching them so I pushed and I prodded and I finally pushed hard enough to get to my product launch. It was a huge accomplishment to finally reach before year’s end but I did it and I am so very proud of myself for doing so.
I have a BUY button. I haven’t had a BUY button for 4 years! Huge step. Am I done? Oh hell, no.
Now the REAL works starts.
If you haven’t already figured this out, I’m not much of a follower. If everyone else is doing it, I don’t usually want anything to do with whatever “it” is. As the year winds down and everyone is talking about what they are going to do differently in the new year, I’m actually (for the first time in a long time) on the “planning for the new year” band wagon.
I know, right. Shocking!
Pick yourself up off the floor, please!
Important Take-Aways for 2015
1. Dabbling is for wusses. Get on board or stop messing with it. Seriously. It doesn’t much matter what “it” is because when you do anything half-assed you get half-assed results. Period. End of story. And by half-ass I mean not committing to it.
Just because I know something intellectually doesn’t mean I’m implementing it. I am so GUILTY as charged on this one. I KNOW some stuff that needs doing in my life and I’m NOT doing it with enough frequency. This is changing.
If you want shit to happen you’ve got to DO THE WORK. Get your toes out of the water and dive in for goodness sake. Stop talking yourself out of shit and just start doing it. You don’t have to over extend yourself and do too much, but for goodness sake if you are going to do it, DO IT CONSISTENTLY, like in EVERY day. Build that muscle. It may end up that you find “it” isn’t for you but you won’t know until you commit. If it works GREAT. If not, you have tried one method and now you can implement a different approach to get you where you want to go.
2. Scheduling shit is a game changer. Whooooaaaaa. This one messed with my head in a big way. I hear people talk about it a lot and how it works for them and my organized ass thought it was just silliness. That is, until I tried it.
Oddly enough it fits in nicely with what I already preach which is to chunk things out into doable sizes, right? You don’t have to climb the mountain in a day, but you do need to climb daily. When you have a large project that needs your attention, overwhelm can get the better of you. Chunking it out into completion friendly (15 -30 minutes) tasks gives you the satisfaction of knocking things out and momentum shifts quickly. I have used this in several areas of my life in just the last two months and I’m LOVING it.
3. I’m responsible for a lot of the cah-cah in my own life. The buck stops with me. if I want to change things I’ve got to stop making excuses and start doing the work. Fear, insecurities, dis-empowering self-talk, childhood stuff, sucky co-workers, blah, blah, blah….They all work to keep us exactly where we are and not moving towards our goals.
I’ll fully disclose and own up to the fact that in 2015 I realized I had a LOT of negative talk going on in my head about a LOT of shit. A LOT. What was happening in my life as a result? Crap. Tons of it. When you re swimming in the muck and mire it’s hard to pull yourself up and shift to a more positively influential thought process. But like EVERYTHING else you just have to start and be consistent daily with your commitment to change. I hit a point where the pain was great enough for me to change some things and I did. The end result is once I started changing what I as doing, I started getting different results.
STOP OVERTHINKING CHANGE. JUST STOP.
It doesn’t matter if your saying it out loud or having conversations in your head. Negative talk is negative talk and the more of it you do, the more negativity you get in your life. Period. End of story. Nada mas. Finito.
Like attracts like. Whatever you put out to the universe YOU WILL GET BACK.
You won’t stop his insidious habit overnight. It takes some cracking. But whipping negative self-talk is a biggie. I cannot emphasize the importance of giving this some attention.
We’re going back to the whole “intellectual” element thingy here.
To a certain extent we are all victims of our own behavior because we choose how we react to what the world dumps in our lap. The most valuable lesson I learned this year is that I CONTROL what’s happening in my life by what I think and what I say. The universe is listening to your story and responding to it accordingly.
What story are you asking it to listen to?
If you don’t like your results, change your story. The universe doesn’t much matter if it’s true or if it’s a lie. It’s just listening and responding.
Be brave. Write a few new chapters into your life and see what happens.
4. Making time for my morning intentions and altar readings has been a huge game changer for me. It has shifted my energy significantly and I look forward to it daily. It is an AWESOME way to start my day.
Do you see the repeating behavior?
The recipe is always the same, folks. Seriously. You just have to implement it in the area of your life that you want to improve.
1. Pain motivates change. There is something that causes physical pain, discomfort, satisfaction in your life and causes you to finally take notice and change your life. Nothing usually happens until you hurt enough to do something about it.
2. Take small but CONSISTENT steps towards your goals. All or nothing is a recipe for disaster. Plan to become the master of one segment of change an then when you are comfy there, add more. Do the work daily, no matter how small it seems.
3. A bunch of tiny successes add up to bigger ones. Always. ALWAYS. Never discount your small efforts. Momentum WILL swing in a new direction. You’ve just got to tip the pendulum.
4. “The point of power is in the present moment and change can start now”. – Louise Hay
Start now. Start, before you’re “ready,” and let the small successes build and force momentum to become your friend. One small action towards your goal is better than no action. Just do it.