Happy New Year! I know it's been a while since the last post, but the way life has been setup I needed to take some time to get things in order for the new year. However, here I am and wanted to share something that's not only been on my mind, but seems to be coming up for a lot of people at this time. The past few years have brought about many challenges for the majority of us and it has felt like life has been kicking our butts. So much so that it has been difficult and for some, even impossible, to catch our breath. 2020 was two years ago and it still has a hold on us that's difficult to shake. Despite the challenges, there are plenty of things to be grateful for: life, a roof over our head, food to eat, family, friendship, love, etc.
As we are in the first month of the new year it is important that we set a solid foundation for ourselves in order to be prepared to tackle any and all things that may come our way. Part of the preparation for creating solid ground and getting our footing requires us to have a CLEAR VISION. Ask yourself: what is it that I want for my life right now? What is it that I need to make my goals happen? What mindsets or behaviors do I need to change in order to move forward toward my goals? Who are the people that are apart of my tribe or support system that I can lean on when times get hard? Who are the people that I need to shift in my life? What am I willing to sacrifice? Once you ask yourself those questions then the next step is to reflect on all of the things that may be roadblocks to achieving your goals. Doing so allows you to armor up and prepare for what MAY come because you've already thought about it. No, we can't predict the future or every challenge that may come our way, but if we stay ready we don't have to get ready.
Once you have your vision and gear up for the roadblocks then the next step is to TAKE ACTION. Sounds easy enough, but for many of us taking action can bring up a lot of emotions, the biggest one of all being fear. Fear is the guarantor of failure if we allow it to be. Fear can become so crippling that it stops us dead in our tracks and like Mooski said,
"she's a runner, she's a track star
She gon' run away when it gets hard
she can't take the pain, she can't get scarred"
Fear will have us giving up on our dreams because it's easier to play it safe than to take the risk. It's only January and it seems as if 2022 is cranking up the heat and has a lot of us in our heads, overthinking, feeling anxious, and allowing fear, disappointment and negative thinking to put an end to a journey that has just started. I am here to encourage you to not let fear get in the way of your future. It's okay to be afraid, that's natural, but what we don't need to do is allow that fear to be the end of our journey. The journey is not guaranteed to be easy and sometimes the plans that we make for ourselves don't become the reality in which we live. This is what I like to call the pivot point. Just because the path may change doesn't mean the destination has to. The more we start to see life in this way the more we are able to maintain our peace in the pivot. Challenges (and fear) don't have to mean the end. Take a moment, regroup, pivot and keep pushing forward.