My hubby and I are native Californians, born and raised. When we moved to Arizona, we noticed so many new and exciting things about living in the desert. At the time we were there, the housing market was booming. New homes and communities were popping up all over.
Since it was before we had our kiddos, we would spend many hours driving around new master planned communities and walking through the model homes. Watching the homes go up along with the Arizona style backyard fences, taught me a lot about structures. The fences were actually masonry block walls.
In order to build a sturdy and strong structure, the builder must literally start from the ground and work his or her way up. Building one brick or in Arizona, one block at a time. It takes time and patience.
How do you stay motivated when things that time and patience?
The short answer is you don’t give up.
The rebuttal is that it is not that easy.
“Many of life’s failures are people
who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
~Thomas Alva Edison
I am not all that patient. If you know me, you probably just laughed a bit.
If what you are doing is making a change, striving for a goal or planning your next life step, support is a key piece. A mentor acts as an excellent resource to help guide you as well. Doing it on our own is like building the wall that shuts you out and building a wall without guidance or blueprints. So let’s help and support one another reach those goals in the New Year.
1) The 3 P’s: Passion, Purpose and Power
PASSION: Make the goal positive and own it.
PURPOSE: Understand what the goal means to you and those around you. Evaluate the resources needed to accomplish your goal. Give the goal legs to stand on during the process because your goal has a purpose in your life.
POWER: With passion and purpose behind you, fuel the goal with POWER. Give it the senses test see, feel, smell and even taste that goal you are working towards. Hear yourself talk about it with others.
2) Lay It Out and Break It Down
Plan it out and put it in writing. That doesn’t mean it is set in stone, but planning helps your thoughts or ideas become a reality. It also serves as a guide as you move forward.
3) Take Action Steps Each Day
Chip away at the goal each and every day. If you get discouraged, talk to someone who supports your endeavor. The people who are not supportive will feed into the angst or overwhelm you may feel. It’s helpful to surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed.
4) Learn From The Highs and Lows
Good days and wins are part of the not so good days and what can feel like a loss. The important step is to learn from both. The toughest lessons in life are sometimes the best ones. It just may not feel like that in the moment, however in time and with reflection, a low will bring you to a new high or accomplishment. Reflecting on what worked and what can be improved next time will help you with that next building step.
5) Walk Away for Air But Come Back Again and Again
A break is always good, especially when you’re frustrated. Building one brick at a time takes time and commitment. It won’t happen over night, but it will happen if you keep going. I’m committed to keep that in my back pocket as a reminder, too.
“It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal;
each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise.”
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
What tips would you like to share?