It is wonderful to find a word of the year that will motivate you to kick things in gear and do all you need to do to achieve your goals. I am not selecting a word of the year for the new year. Instead, I have embraced a phrase, an idea and even have a theme song to go with it. In the past, I selected a theme song for my business. When I start my work day, I play the song and know it is time to sit at my desk, sip my coffee and work. For the new year, I have selected the phrase, “something inside.” This is the phrase that will guide me over the course of the next year.
No matter how many SMART plans we create, books we read or conferences we attend, we will never succeed until we find a way to move and to do something. Recently I developed a plan for earning additional income and shared it with a group of friends. A week later, a major celebrity in our industry shared his successful plans or a similar plan. Three weeks later several of the people in my group have continued forward and are actually doing what they planned.
What helps me to succeed, to move forward and to continue on when it seems that I should give up is something inside. There is something inside that pushes me to move forward, to act, to never give up and to keep moving forward until the goal has been reached. Those who read this blog on a regular basis know that I am a church girl. As a result, I know the something inside me is the power of God. It enables me to succeed and to do all I set out to do. For me, faith without work is dead. This means that while I can do all things because of the God inside me, I actually have to do things.
The phrase I have chosen for the next year, something inside will remind me that my success or failure is not dependent upon outside sources. It doesn’t matter what other people, circumstances or trends arise. I have something inside that will enable me to succeed, to accomplish my goals. If my husband gets on my nerves when he leaves the used egg shells in the carton I will be okay because there is something inside that will help me get over being upset and continue doing what I need to do. When my Spelie calls me from college alternating between asking for money, complaining about school and telling me about adventures when she stays out later than I like it is okay because there is something inside that will help me stay calm and not hop on an airplane and drag her back home. When the twins have one of their epic twin battles and think everything c solved with a food fight, it will be okay. There is something inside that will help me to realize I can stay calm and use the experience to teach them the joy of scrubbing the floors with a wet sponge and warm soapy water.
The something inside idea works with business also. When my computer dies (again) I will survive because there is something inside that will remind me that all my information is stored in the cloud so life can continue with ease. When sponsors change requirements mid-stream or later there is something inside that will enable me roll with the punches and meet the deadline. If I forget how to spell the simplest of words and all concepts of grammar, there is something inside that will enable me to suck it up turn on the grammar/spell check and keep moving forward.
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