Be thankful for the one. One step forward, one page written, one child encouraged, one heart strengthened, one person eating well, one bed made, one load of laundry folded, one desire fulfilled, one prayer answered, one smile, one…
Never underestimate the one thing.
Every book began with a page of writing, and every blog began with that first post. A relationship begins with a smile between two people. The knowledgable person began their journey with one item of information. New forests begin with one tree. (I was reminded by this post.) Revolutionary technology begins with an idea. Each business starts with one client.
One. It could be the start of something big!
I’m encouraging you to be thankful for one thing – that first item, or the next one thing on your list. Why? Because it has value. (And yes, I’m talking to myself also.)
It’s so easy to gloss over what you’ve already accomplished because you’re desperately focused on all you have yet to add to your resume.
One way to appreciate the “joy of the start” is by being thankful.
Be thankful for the one thing.
I challenge you to write down what you’re thankful for – today. The one thing. Just one thing. What one action have you taken that holds value? (And value is subjective – you decide.) Here are some ideas on how to record it:
Set yourself up for success. Choose something to pursue that will be easy to reach – at least in the beginning. And if you have a large goal in mind, then divide it into smaller bits and pieces. You are capable of SO much!
Yes, you need to know your trajectory, but try not to get hung up on your speed. There’s always a pace you’d rather be experiencing, but it might not be what’s really happening. At least right now.
Forward is forward – your speed doesn’t matter.
Speed is personal. What I think is fast might not be fast to you – and vise versa. So, maybe, if we champing at the bit or feeling “less than”, we all need to do a little insight gathering.
What’s insight gathering? It’s reaching out to others to learn on a topic that’s relevant to you both. It could be formal, or informal. It’s often used in business and marketing. Do you have a group of peers with whom you share? Maybe a little chat is a good thing if you’re hung up on your speed. Just remember – you are unique, so stay away from comparing.
Give yourself a break.
Forward is still moving toward the direction you’ve chosen. Your speed will vary according to the season you’re in… some seasons don’t lend themselves to a fast trajectory. And sometimes, unbeknownst to us, a slower pace will get us further. You may be gathering speed for a future burst!
Graphing your progress – an idea:
I’ve been learning about bullet journaling, and there’s an interesting graph concept used in this process. It shows pace over time… take a look at what I mean when tracking healthy habits or for business tracking.
How have you dealt with moving slower than (you or others) expected in an area? Any advice?
Leave a comment and share – (see… that’s me, asking for insight! LOL)
Our inner push to set goals or our outer need for achievement and affirmation can poison our current spot. How to deal with the issue of comparison-itis? Read this…
Is he right? Maybe. Maybe not. From my personal experience, finishing is more difficult than starting… but not everyone is alike. For some it’s starting that’s a barrier. Either way, to finish anything you do need to begin.
As I write this note to you, it’s a popular time of year to start something. (New Years.) Each year I choose a particular word to focus on during that year, as opposed to resolving to do something new or different. What do you do?
Not everyone is a fan of resolutions at the beginning of the calendar year – of getting started on better ways of living because of a date on the calendar. Regardless of your opinion of resolutions, I wish you happy starting, continuing and finishing.
And just remember that anytime is a good time to start!
Happy New Year.
Is there something you’re starting, or you’ve begun that you’re keen on continuing? Leave a comment…
(For me, I’m not even starting a new “word” this year – I’m doing a second year on the word “thankful”. It feels like that’s a big enough word to last two years! )
Need some encouragment on getting started?- read this!
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
We don’t need a new year to hope for something new to begin – true hope is found in the One who makes everything new.
It’s not too late. You’re enough. You’ve done enough preparation.
(I’m cheering you on!)
Remind yourself – click HERE to download the wallpaper photo below for your smartphone.
I’ve been reading this book… and that’s what has prompted today’s post. Our inner dialogue impacts what we begin and finish. One of Neil Fiore’s suggesions when you find yourself overwhelmed by a task, perhaps feeling unequal to all the effort it’ll take, is to work on the project for a half hour, and then record on your calendar your progress. It’s part of taking credit for the work you’ve done. You’re proving to yourself that you can.
Then surround yourself with people who are dedicated to helping you overcome your obstacle.
These are Barbara Sher’s ideas. She says that, as humans, we are problem solvers. Even if we don’t like a person, should they pose a desire and an obstacle, we look for a solution to the obstacle. Isolation is the dream killer.
Reach out to share your wish and obstacle.
Do I agree with everything she teaches? Not fully. But it is interesting. And I do agree that being isolated doesn’t help overcome an obstacle.
Her stories are humorous and wonderful! Below you can watch a TEDx video of Barbara telling some of those stories. It’s an encouraging way to spend 20 minutes of your life. It’ll make you smile at the very least. (She’s an excellent story-teller.)
What’s your wish? What’s your obstacle?
Leave a comment – let’s see if we can help each other!
If you can’t see the video player below – go ahead & click HERE to go to YouTube to watch the video of Barbara Sher talk about how isolation is the dream-killer and you need to reach out and share!
Want more about achieving goals? Read THIS or explore this POST.
It’s time to stop thinking you can not – and step up.
Move on. Reach out. Push forward. Lean into…
You are capable of so much!
Set your achievable goal. Make a plan. Now go do it.
And don’t discount a small goal. They count. Even if it’s a small goal, you’ll feel so much better about everything in your world when you reach it. And then you’ll be ready for the next small goal.
Set yourself up for success. Choose something to pursue that will be easy to reach – at least in the beginning. And if you have a large goal in mind, then divide it into smaller bits and pieces.
Want more business? Call one person and demonstrate you care about their needs. Keep track of your calls every day in a bullet journal. Lori Winslow, owner of The Organized Solopreneur has a course to get you started with Bullet Journaling. (I’ve purchased it and am going through it as part of my fall 2018 business learning.)
Do you need to move your body? Find one short exercise video on YouTube and move along with it. Now. (I like this one.)
Need to clean up? Gather all the garbage you can find and take it out. It’ll feel good. Subscribe to The Flylady. She provides a great framework to make cleaning and organizing easy.
Seeking a better relationship with someone? If you see them every day – smile at them. Or use these 10 ideas to celebrate as ways to connect.
Building a career? Get a library card and start reading. It’s free. Most libraries even provide access to digital books so you can read on an app on your smartphone. Ask someone with the career you want, to recommend a book. or a podcast, or a website they admire. Start a journal (or a bullet journal) to keep track of all you’re learning and want to learn.
Bonus: a great way to develop patience is to seek wisdom.
A few ideas on how to grow wisdom and patience:
The wisdom of Proverbs over time: For a few years, while we were traveling full time, Rob read and re-read and read over and over again (more than 9 times) the book of Proverbs in the Bible. Most mornings we’d chat about his insights. He recommends the pondering of Proverbs as a way to grow in wisdom… and pondering is an exercise in patience, as much as Proverbs is a gathering of wisdom.
Reflective Thought: Wisdom isn’t about age or experiences. Simply living a long time, or having many experiences won’t necessarily equal wisdom. It’s the patient thought and reflection that may begin the process toward wisdom.
Reflective thinking turns experience into insight.
– John Maxwell
Read this post if you’re needing patience in a relationship. And this post if you’re needing more ways to gather wisdom to get stuff right.
Look to the future. Sure, you can learn from the past, but stop making the past your focus. It’s the future that holds promise!
“Instead of looking at the past,
I put myself ahead twenty years
and try to look at what I need to do now
in order to get there then.”
~ Diana Ross
Diana Ross is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. Her career began in 1959 with the Supremes, and she’s been going strong ever since. I’m guessing her view of looking 20 years into the future and doing what it will require has served her well!
Look to the future.
What’s life going to be like in 20 years for you? Nobody has a crystal ball to see the future, but you can look at where you’d like to be…
Where to start this looking into the future?
Just for fun, create three “20-things” lists as you look to the future:
be – 20 qualities you’d like to add/enhance in your character
do – 20 activities you’d like to try or get better at
have – 20 physical things you’d like to own (for a bit, anyhow)
I created three worksheets to do this exercise!
Now – what could you do today to make it possible for you to experience something on this list?
Yes, I’ve done this to inspire me about my future. I’ve made lists with 30 things on them – because I find that if I keep on going and force myself to keep adding to the lists, after the first obvious items, then I get deeper into what I really value.
One of the items on my “do” list is to experience a River Cruise with Rob. That’s not in the budget right now, but if I save my pennies in the next 20 years… I’ve told Rob that I’m going to get a large jar and put a photo of a cruise boat on a river on that jar, and we can add a dollar or two to give us a start. Another item on the “be” list is to be a better writer. I’m struggling with passive voice in my writing, so the next year will hold some grammar courses!
What’s on your lists for the future?
What one thing is on one of your lists (be-do-have) that you’d begin saving for today?
Complete the worksheets and leave a comment!
(keep scrolling to find out how to download the worksheets)
Need some encouragement about the future?Read this!