Hola Cheeky Birds!
It has been craaaaazy over here, and it hasn’t even been holiday chaos! We’ve been eagerly preparing for the arrival of our sweet baby girl, due in January. Or so we thought! Then we went for our appointment last week, and we were told that I’m looking a bit further along than that, and they think it may be closer to 2 weeks earlier. I was a little freaked out (I like having time to plan for stuff!), but my midwife reassured me that we’d get it all figured out.
So I came home to figure out what date that would be, and as it turns out…that’s CHRISTMAS! That’s right…we may be getting a family Christmas present this year! (Of course, all my December birthday friends are voting that she comes a wee bit before Christmas, so she has a spotlight all her own.)
With all that having been said, in the middle of preparing for our bundle of joy, I’ve also been eyeballs deep in prepping for 2015. I swear, in my head, it’s not even 2014 any more…I’m sooooo ready to rock this next year. I don’t just want 2015 to be better than 2014. I want it to be my best year ever!!! So what am I doing differently this year?
1. No more comparisons…
I’m dreadful about wishing I could sing like so-and-so in the church choir, or wishing I could photograph like this person, or wishing I could draw like that person. But then I ran across this really cool article about these people who dedicated themselves to improving on drawing. And some of those beginning drawings were terrible…seriously.
So I began to wonder…what if?
What if…I worked on a chosen craft several times a week?
What if…instead of comparing myself to my friends, I busted my badonkey to see what I could be like in a year?
What if…instead of wanting to photograph like this person, I honed my craft to see what my photography style is?
What if…I’m secretly every bit as awesome as the people I admire, but I never find out, because I’m too busy wishing instead of working?
Do you compare yourself to anyone? Let’s agree that we won’t do it anymore next year…forget that…let’s agree we won’t do it anymore, starting now. Pinkie promise?
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2. No more second-guessing…
I’ve probably spent most of my adult life second guessing myself. Okay, I can’t even limit it to adulthood…when I was a teenager, I’d frequently back out of correct answers while watching Jeopardy with my family. I can’t count how many times my Dad told me I should have more confidence in myself…and yet here I am, nearly 30…still doing it.
Part of it is the level of passion I throw into everything. I’m extremely intense in my approach to things (in fact my husband thinks I’m mad half the time, cause I apparently mean-mug when I’m focusing on a task…ha!)
But because of that intensity, when something goes awry, I tend to think it’s on me somehow…even if it’s nothing I could have avoided. I also think part of it comes from being a Mom (or even a wife for that matter, lol!)…if something’s wrong I have to fix it, and if I can’t, that’s a real struggle for me. You should see me if my site’s hosting server goes down…or maybe you shouldn’t…I’d like us to still be friends!
But here I am digressing again…the point is…it’s time to stop. This year, I need to recognize those things that are out of my control, as being such, and just let it go (thank God my 4 year old isn’t reading this….she’d be screaming that darn song in my ear again). And the things that I can fix, instead of wallowing in the “how could I have let this happen” & the “is this cause I stayed up too late last night”, I need to take them in stride and figure how how I can prevent it. Do I need more practice on a certain skill? Should I have a friend look over my sales copy? Should I not write something at 3am, and then just post it? (I’m assuming the answer is yes to that last one. 😉 )
Do you ever second guess yourself? We know better! Let’s stop that cycle, right now!
3. Less education, more implementation…
This one actually goes hand in hand with the last one. Since I’m a dedicated life-long student, if something goes wrong, I assume it must be because I lacked the knowledge. But after some serious self-examination, I’ve realized, that’s not really the case.
I’m a serious, serious, serious self-education junkie. An autodidact addict, if you will. (Ha, say THAT 10x fast!) I’ve probably consumed more books, courses, webinars, virtual conventions, etc., than I could ever recall or name off. But how much of it have I actually put into practice? I’d totally be making a shame-face right now, but that would go against my resolution to not wallow in this sort of thing.
So, instead of consuming more information, I’m going to examine the situation…is this really something I don’t know…or is this just something I haven’t done yet? I read a fabulous blog post from a friend of mine earlier, about taking a CEO day to examine how your business has gone that month. Y’know…I’ve never done that. And it’s not that I don’t know that I should be re-examining my goals…I’ve just never done it.
It’s like I heard once, about the difference between wisdom & knowledge…knowledge is knowing that when you get in the car, you’re supposed to buckle up. Wisdom, is actually buckling up.
So who’s with me? Ladies, I say it’s time to buckle up, cause 2015’s gonna be an awesome freakin’ ride! 😉