Thanks to Lavender from Pens and Paper -I reached my goal for 2016 for followers! YAY!!
Lavender, if you contact me – I have a prize for you!
What do you do once you achieve a goal? How do you reward yourself?
For me, my reward for this goal was a new book. With so many books already, it’s really hard to justify more books, especially brand new books. I made myself all sorts of deals. I will share it with my husband. I’ll let the kids read it. I’ll share it with friends. I’ll apply it to my life.
Once the book arrived, I immediately cracked it open and started reading. Yes, I know I have other books I need to finish. Yes, I know the library books are due and I haven’t’ finished them. But it’s new and crisp and . . . OH. I really need to DO what this book says. I need to apply this book to my life. I didn’t realize that this book was going to be work. I thought it was going to be another good read but it’s so much more than that.
I have been working on a project behind the scenes that is completely different than anything that I have done to date. It is a nonfiction. Talk about changing direction! This is more akin to the course workbook that I put together for the counseling class. It is cathartic and painful at the same time. Although I have ben tempted to quit already, I can’t . I have to get this out. I have to go through the process.
We often hear the line ‘everyone has a story to tell’. Well, this is mine. This isn’t a story ideas for a novel. This is my story, my life, my “There and Back Again” tale. It’s deep – a level that I rarely go to with anyone outside of my intimate circle.
I can only tackle this in small doses, sort of like this other book that I’ve been reading called Boundaries. I’ve been taking small bites of that one since the first of the year. Between Boundaries and my personal project, it’s been edgy. This has brought all sorts of emotions up to the surface which requires me to take a step back and redirect my attention elsewhere.
It was in one of these redirect moments when I checked my stats because it’s on my Monday TODO list, that I discovered I had reached my magical number that I had been hoping for. After a horrendous weekend with bad news piled on top of more bad news, this was exciting.
Today, as if the Universe felt sorry for me, or letting me have a moment I got free books! One is brand new, one is a hardback crafting book to help with my repurposed and refinished furniture, and the other is a copy of Laurel K. Hamilton’s Obsidian Butterfly. I haven’t read that one yet so it’s new to me!
Instead of giving into the negative thoughts that I mentioned yesterday, I fought them. I forced myself to tackle my list and speak positive affirmations.
Something good is going to happen to me today!
And it did! The Law of Attraction works – you get what you expect. To top it off, one of the financial bills that was going to cost us $1600 is now cut in half. WOOHOO! Now if the other things would realign themselves that would be just peachy!
Instead of giving into the negatives, give yourself a pep talk. Be your own coach. Start expecting good things to happen. Start expecting more from yourself. Nobody cares more about your success than you do. Be your own advocate instead of your worst enemy.
Stop saying “Why me?” and start thinking and saying “WHY NOT ME? Why not me who wins, who achieves, who crosses the finish line, who karma favors? Why not me who gets the prize?”
Inspiration doesn’t show up until you do.
Start practicing discipline. Discipline is the ability to make yourself do the things that you don’t want to do in order to get the results that you want.
By working towards your goals and speaking positive things about yourself you’ll get there faster. Everyone stumbles from time to time so pick yourself up, dust yourself off, bandage up the wounds and go kick some ASS!
Write on my friends, write on!