It has taken me more than I would have liked to fully digest 2017 and plan out 2018. As you may already know, 2017 was a year of growth. I was thrust out of my comfort zone completely. I was stretched more than I could have imagined possible at the time. 2017 taught me that I am stronger and more resilient than I actually give myself credit for. I wanted to take a different approach and apply learnings to this brand new year.
Life pushes you in a direction you may not have even considered or actually wanted to go down. We tend to forget we do not control everything around us. I challenge you to embrace it all. Live through the pain and discomfort so you can grow from it. In hindsight, it is the best thing that could have happened to me because it has molded me into a more determined individual. I am beyond thankful for that season of growth.
My main goal for 2018 is to be intentional with my goal settings and plan out the year purposefully. I refuse to settle on the same resolutions but rather be realistic with what I want to achieve. In previous years the resolutions I chose were too generic or ambitious that I fell short within months if I made it that long. The problem was that there was no plan behind them. Looking back I can’t be a little embarrassed on this wishful thinking mindset. How could I expect to arrive to a destination I have never been to if I didn’t have a roadmap?
There has been a lot of talk about the word of the year, vision boards, the power of magic and all that jazz. Just because you tape something on a vision board does not mean it will not automatically happen. I do not believe in the power of attraction but in the power of doing. I am all for dreams and wishes but we need to be realistic. Goals needs action to move forward. They require a plan on how you are going to go about it. Logic is a vital part of any plan that will garner results.
After countless sessions of brainstorming I have finally chosen a word that represents what 2018 is for me. I have designated 2018 as the year of the catalyst. I am determined to achieve my goals. Hard work and dedication will pay off in the long run but I need to put in the work consistently right now. This doesn’t mean that I have to stick to the roadmap head on. I can adjust my course along the way to bypass traffic or take a detour for a quick pit stop but know need to get back on the road.
I have also developed a list of things I want to leave behind in 2017. I refuse to be held back by things that are out of my control. After careful evaluation I came to the conclusion that I wasted way too much time struggling with self doubt, comparison and thinking about others that don’t contribute anything to my life. Instead they take away from my valuable time. As you grow older you learn that time is the most precious commodity you have. Life is too short and I want to make the most of it.
In 2018 I vow to break up with self doubt and remind myself why I choose to embark on this journey. Everyone’s journey is different and and I will not compare my current stage with someone else’s journey. How easily we tend to forget that everyone moves along at their own pace based on their choices and strengths. I will also stay true to my passion and let my creativity flow. At the end of the day I am expressing myself for me and only me. If people are tuned in to that and if what I do actually resonates with them then that’s the icing on the cake.
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” Franklin Roosevelt
This year I wanted to be intentional and not rush my goal setting for the year. 2018 represents hope, determination and the expression of my passions. 2017 I just have to say to you that I am thankful for all of the amazing and truly devastating experiences. Thank you for pushing the limits and stretching me as thin as you did for you have taught me so much about myself and what I am capable of. You shifted my perspective and brought me closer to so many amazing humans. People who support me and embrace me for who I am. Not what I think I am supposed to be. I am unique and so is my vision. I am cognizant that I will not be everyone’s cup of tea and that is ok!
Watch out 2018, I’m coming for you! I am getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. I have set some high goals that scare me but that is part of the challenge I am excited to face head on.
- Challenge accepted.
Join me on my journey!