It’s a new month

It’s a new month

 One down, eleven to go

How’s your January been?

Has it been good?  Have you been productive?  Are you happy? 

Maybe it hasn’t been so great and you’re not happy.  You know, (yes you DO know – it may not have occurred to you, but you know) that you have the option to change the things that aren’t working for you.  If January hasn’t been great, evaluate what you didn’t like and change it.  Sounds easy, right?  It might be.  It might not be, which is where an accountability partner can be beneficial.  That person could be your spouse, a parent, a friend, a pastor, a coach – anyone who you trust enough to say, “Hey such & such is really not working out for me, I think I’d like to try it This way (or try something completely different) would ya help me out with this?” 

It’s possible you’re not sure how your January has been.  Sounds silly doesn’t it?  I have a perfect example of this situation.  Yes, I’ll use me as an example.  I don’t mind bein’ a guinea pig – grin…

I’ve been pretty busy all month.  The house is pretty much settled, at this point, and I have been working hard on trying to build the business.  I have been very active, but not seeing any results yet, which can be a little disheartening – but I know I am laying the groundwork and it takes time.  However, we currently own two homes (we need to sell the one in Virginia – if anyone’s interested), which means we’re paying two mortgages and funds are a little tight.  I thought I should double check with the hubby to make sure that what I was doing was okay and on track, as far as he was concerned.  I asked him if he needed me to get a job and start contributing to the household income.  He said “No, you keep working the business.”  He’s such a great guy – grin.  See, I wasn’t sure about what direction I should take, since I was productive but not producing, so I asked my accountability partner to see if I was on track.

So, if you’re unsure how your January has been, phone a friend – well you know what I mean… check in with someone who knows you, your goals, and your dreams.  Ask them if they see you as being on target to reach those goals and dreams.  If they say yes, rest assured your January has been pretty good.  If they say no, well then it’s time to re-evaluate.

Have you set any goals for this year?  We can’t feel that sense of accomplishment if we haven’t set out to achieve anything.  How does that phrase go – if you fail to plan you plan to fail?  I think that’s it.  Now that’s not to say that people who are go with the flow live in the moment kind of people aren’t happy.  I know some that are very content to be that way.  I also know some that are quite stressed out because life happens to them and they feel like they are being kicked around by it.  I suppose it depends on your personality.  I’m just saying, do what works for you and if it isn’t working then try something different.  I’m sure you’ve all heard the “supposed” definition of insanity… doing the same thing, expecting different results.  Well, I have to admit that is NOT the true definition of insanity (as one of my friends pointed out recently) but it does make a good point.

If you have goals, dreams, a to-do-list, or whatever you have set up to keep yourself on track – did you accomplish what you set out to do in the month of January?  Hmmm.  If you answered “Yes” – why?  If you answered “No” – why not?  Taking time to look at what you did, or didn’t do can let you know if something needs to be changed.  If the month was spot on for you consider why so that you can repeat a great month.  If it was not quite what you thought it would be, consider why not and make the appropriate changes.  Is it possible you’ve got too much on your plate?  Is it possible you’re not doing the things that you could be to have a great month?  Are you staying healthy?  Getting enough sleep?  I don’t mean restless sleep (dozing) either, I mean someone lifts your arm and it drops like a wet noodle, slow heavy breathing, deep calm rejuvenating sleep.  As much as people say things like “sleep is over rated”, etc., it is a fact that human beings need sleep.  The answers to the whys/why-nots are different for each person.  I’m just trying to jump start the thought process to get you to look at your month.

If your January has been wonderful… YEA YOU!  I’m happy for you, keep up the good work. 

If your January has been less than you had hoped it would be, take heart.  You do not have to repeat the month.  We are in February now.  It’s a brand new month and you have a chance to make it your best month ever.  Walk the same road, or shake things up a bit and take a chance on being able to say you had a wonderful February?  It’s up to you, the choice is yours to make.

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