Do you ever feel like a spare tire speedily rolling down the street at first but then slowing down and finally just collapsing?
Kind of like this one:
I think we all do at some point. We get an opportunity. You’re on fire. No one is stopping you. You might hit a few bumps here and there and get yelled at by a crazy ex, but you have the momentum. Eventually your tire makes a wrong turn, hits a dead-end or just loses control and you spin in circles. And just like that- you’re still. People who enjoy the momentum of spare tires don’t like being still. So what do you do?
Re-map out your goals.
I am very goal oriented. I like to know where I want to be in 5 years, 10 years and even 20 years. I have my goals on Pinterest boards, on an inspiration board above my work desk, tucked away in Chrome bookmarks and in old fashioned notebooks. I’m visual, obviously, and I need to be reminded! Because just like everyone else, I get distracted.
So every now and then, I’ll pull out my notebook and make a goal map. Yours could look differently. Mine has a place to write out professional and personal goals and if they are short or long term. I carry over on the next page and write out things I need to do to get shit done, literally. I like my goals to cover all aspects of my life: God, being a mother, DATING (why did I all caps that?) and my career. I will probably reference this a few times throughout the year and I might even re-remap in 6 months or so. It’s just nice to remind yourself where you are, where you want to be and how you’re getting there.
Pro Tip: Have a glass of wine (or two) and put on a good playlist. The Red Wine Over Dinner Spotify playlist sounds insanely cheesy, but it is super sexy… I mean motivating!
Oh, hey 2k14!
A new year means new resolutions, right? Yeah… no. Not with me. I have actually never given myself a New Years resolution. Resolution means to resolve, kill bad habits, make new habits. Well, I don’t hate my bad habits and as I sit here, 6 days into the new year, eating Junior Mints and watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, I can confidently say that I haven’t broken a resolution and am not stressing about one either.
I think a new year should mean new goals, pushing yourself to achieve those goals and eating cake for breakfast. Just kidding… I would never! Your goals have to be achievable. I know I’m not going to lose 30 pounds before one of FIVE weddings this summer. I know I’m not going to learn to cook. And, I’m probably not going to save money this year either. (That’s what a 401K is for when you’re in your early 20’s, right??)
Realistic goals, in my eyes, are goals that inspire you. Goals that you’ll kick ass at. Goals that are going to make you a better, smarter and more successful person at the end of the day, week, month or year. After all, goals can be short and long-term. I’m not going to bore you with my goals, but I challenge you to set goals for yourself. Maybe, unlike me, you can save a certain amount of money in time for a summer vaca. Maybe make it to three spin classes this week. Maybe ask your boss for that raise you know you deserve. Maybe do something outside of your comfort zone at work, in your relationship, in social settings. Go crazy!
Now, I am going to go to bed (on time) so I make it to the gym; not because I have resolutions to keep up with, but because I like to drink beer, okay!
Cheers and happy New 2K14!
No, I’m not talking about a chapter in the book Fifty Shades of Grey. I am talking about my career!
I turned the page to the next chapter of my career a couple of months ago and now I am finally about to dive in. This last chapter was fun, accomplishing, hectic, hard at times and it was very rewarding. It’s kinda of bittersweet to see how it has all played out. I have definitely put in my time. I feel like I have carried the torch, earned the trophy, and now I’m passing the torch and leaving the trophy for the next person.
This next chapter of my career is going to be nothing short of a challenge, a devotion, and another opportunity to prove that you can accomplish anything that you set your mind to. I’m focussed and ready to conquer!
Bring it on!