At this moment when all is shiny and new, when we’re supposed to be so resolute and resolved and evolving, maybe you’re feeling a bit bleary. A tiny bit defeated, even. Maybe you’re looking around at scraps of tinsel and piles of dishes and wondering if you got all the shards of glass out of the carpet from when the toddler broke that ornament and thinking–
Aw shit. I’m already behind.
Maybe. Just hypothetically, say.
Maybe yesterday you read a bunch of peoples’ year-end recaps and today you are surveying your own life and compared to theirs, yours resembles dog droppings.
Maybe your best friend is getting that raise and your favorite entrepreneur’s biz is hitting a million and your nemesis just got on Oprah.
Maybe you aren’t even sure what this next year is supposed to be about.
The women in the EFBA Mentorship have been planning for this moment since November. They declared a theme for the year. They set personal priorities. They even made quarterly goals! But even some of them (hello dear bravehearts!) might be feeling a tad daunted.
You know how I know? Because I feel a little daunted too.
Just as I have for the past few years, I’ve made robust and delicious plans for the year ahead. I’ve looked at the professional and personal spheres. I’ve planned launches and projects and quarters and done impressive spreadsheet projection thingies. I’ve laid in stores and provisions– systems, habits, and routines that make things run smoothly. I’ve enlisted support for the areas where I’m weak. It’s going to be a year of big change, great adventure, and stretching in every way possible. I’m thrilled, eager, and… foof!!! A little exhausted just thinking about it. Holy moly, it’s a lot!!
But here’s the thing.
You do not have to accomplish all those goals today. Not even one of them. Neither do I.
Yes, there will come a time when you have to get your sweet ass in gear, take risks, and stride forward in scary and thrilling ways. There will be many, many things to do. Deadlines to hit. Lines to cross. Hard work. Setbacks. Plan Bs. Plan Js. It will require ruthless commitment and dogged perseverance.
But today is not that day.
You don’t have to do any of those things today.
Today, all you have to do is point yourself in the direction you want to go. Just that one thing.
And if you just keep doing the one thing you have to do each day, you will be amazed at where you’ll end up.
So today, declare it.
Pick a theme for the year.
Make resolutions if that’s your thing.
Block off secret sacred chunks of time on your calendar for that big project.
Take a deep breath if that’s all you can manage today.
And just keep bravely turning yourself in the direction you mean to go. #likeanefa*
*epic fucking badass