On the first day of the year, I asked readers to share their 2018 power word that reflects their goals and visions for themselves. The response to that one question, which was posed to all of our social media networks, was both inspiring and eye-opening. It occurred to me that in place of resolutions people are looking to find a purpose that flows into multiple areas of their lives. As people responded with words like happiness, growth, self-care, and consistency, I couldn’t help but think of books I would recommend to inspire people based on their chosen word. The power of choosing a word that you hope will define your year is that it forces you to reflect on areas of your life that you want to be better or that deserve your focus. Once a word is selected and claimed in advance, you prepare yourself to receive all of the good things that come with that word. My inspiration for the next SMC Book Club read comes from the idea of one taking an active step toward applying one’s own word to one’s life.
February Book Selection
This is the year to do better and be better and I resolve for our group to be great, supportive, consistent, and a place for goal setting women to come together. The energy in the SMC Book Club during our last book, Boss Women Pray, was so amazing and I want to build on that and I want to inspire you to be successful with your power word or else it will lose all power over your life. For the month of February, we are going to do something a little different. Instead of reading the same book together, let’s take the month of February to read a book that is inspired by the word of the year that you chose yourself. My hope is that each of you follows through and make the time to find a book that relates to YOUR word; a book that inspires you toward your self-mandated purpose to you have selected to help guide you this year. According to U.S. News, 80% of people give up on their resolutions and New Year goals by February. Let’s be the 20% together by starting our new book on February 1, 2018.
How Our Book Club Works
Every other month, we select a new book from a mix of editor and reader’s suggestions. For reader suggestions, we ask that selections embrace subjects such as power women, money, career, and lifestyle that informs and inspires us. We then announce the book selection here on shemakescents.com before the start of the month to give you time to opt-in and get your copy of the book from the She Makes Cents store on Amazon. Discussions for the book take place in our weekly book chats in the SMC Book Club group on Facebook as well as the She Makes Cents Instagram page. Trust me, the dialogue in the group is LIFE!
Since everyone will be reading different books for February, the book chats will be tailored to this unconventional reading experience. If you would like book suggestions based on your power word, let me know. I can be found on social media at the @shemakescents handle.
The other day I was thinking about all the things I still want to do this year and started to get a little overwhelmed. As someone who is always looking forward and setting new goals, it is easy to get lost in what is left on the rolling to do list. Raise your hand if you can relate. By spending energy constantly thinking about how much we still have to do, we lose focus on what we have done already. One of my personal goals at the beginning of the year was to celebrate my successes, big and small, which to be frank; I have not really kept up with.
So today, I am encouraging everyone, myself especially, to review how we measure success and progress. Instead of focusing on how much you have left to do on a goal or project, measure your progress by much you have done already. Success Magazine backs up this paradigm with research. According to an article by Mel Robbins, a motivational speaker and entrepreneur, “research proves that seeing your progress and how much you have completed will inspire you to keep pushing”. I will celebrate the fact that I hit my money milestone with my student loans and not on the fact that I have a way to go before I can eliminate my student loan debt altogether. Reaching that milestone was not easy so I have to take a moment and appreciate how far I have come on that path to financial freedom. In addition to keeping a rolling to do list, start a “did it” list that you can go back and refer to when you need a motivational push to keep going. As I said, it is easy to get overwhelmed and forget all the great things you have accomplished. Measuring your progress by what you have accomplished and keeping a rolling list of things that you have completed so far will help each action, big so small, feel more impactful.
Hello, Lovelies. Today I wanted to encourage you all to reflect upon the money, career, and lifestyle goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year. It is easy to be motivated at the beginning of every year because many of us view that time as a master reset. With December being a time of reflection we take the time to think about all of the things we could do better. We then set up goals for the new year. By January we are ready to make a plan and act on those goals and by May…. well, let’s just say sometimes things fall off a bit. If you have fallen behind or off track for your goals, don’t worry. You might just need a moment to stop and refuel. The moment you are ready to quit is usually the moment before a miracle. Don’t give up.
Are Your Goals Still Relevant?
A lot can happen in four months, so it good to go back to your goal’s list to see which ones are still relevant, which ones need be adjusted, which ones need more of you to make them work, or which can be removed altogether. Leaving irrelevant goals on your list takes up unnecessary space in your mind and takes the focus away from things that really matter.
Stop & Refuel
The truth about accomplishing a goal is that the journey is not always fun nor easy. We are so quick to give up on things just because they get hard. If being the boss was easy then everyone would be the boss. If being fit was easy then everyone would probably be walking around showing off their 6-pack (certainly I wouldn’t be the only one rocking a crop top on the weekends). If having no debt was easy, then people would probably be less flashy and invest in things, people, and experiences that really matter. The thing is, instead of fixating on the journey, find your energy in picturing the end result of the work. How would your life change if you accomplished the money, career, and lifestyle goals you set for yourself? Would you be happier? Would you live a richer life? Is it a life that your 20-year-old self would be proud of? Figure out what is keeping you from taking these steps. The only way to walk is mile is one step at a time. The same is true for you and your goals. Now think about this, what happens if you keep doing things exactly like you have been doing them? Are you happy with the state of your finances? Is your career where you want it to be? Are you currently living the life you deserve? If so, keep pushing girlfriend. If not, take the rest of the day to stop and refuel so you can crush your goals in the second quarter of the year. Stay Fab!