I am NOT a creature of change. I have had the same job my entire adult life, in the same city where I grew up, lived in the same house for 16 years, and was content with all the things that filled my life. Can you relate? Sometimes we are content ENOUGH with our lives and because change can be incredibly difficult we keep trucking along doing the same ol', same ol'... we don't even realize all of the things we're missing out on!
It took a huge life event for me to really reflect on where I was at 40 and where I wanted to be one, five, even ten years from now! I decided to stop settling for being "content" and pushed myself to get out of my comfort zone to make some changes in my life.
I quit teaching, started a business where I truly feel like I can help others, moved with my family to a new city, started planning date nights with my husband, game nights with my kids and ran my first marathon. And let me tell you, not one of these things was easy! I had to make time in my already packed schedule for all of it. I had to take risks and get out of my comfort zone. I had to let go of every worst-case scenario in my mind. And while there are times I miss some of my old life, I cannot even explain all the people and things that have come into my life in the last year!
Sometimes, we have to be brave enough to take risks and mute all the "what-ifs" that consume our thoughts in order to create change in our lives. I encourage you to think about even just one area where you would like to see a change between now and the end of the year. What risks would you have to take to make it happen? What work would you have to put in? What do you want to be able to say about that one area of your life when 2020 comes to an end in just four months?
A few weeks ago, I challenged you to check out 365grateful.com and to take a DAILY GRATITUDE PICTURE for one month. What if you combined your daily gratitude pic with a personal goal? For example, if you're working on exercise, take a picture of the view from your walk. If you're trying to be more present to your kids, take a picture of game night. If you're trying to get organized at home, take a picture of your old junk counter that is now clean. If you're trying to quit eating so crappy (yes, we have all fallen off the wagon during quarantine) take a picture of a healthy new recipe you tried or the pants that finally fit you again.
Taking pictures can not only help you focus on gratitude but also document your journey toward a goal!
All the best,