1st things 1st, here’s what you can expect from Project EmpowerU in 2017:
- A Blog Post every Monday at 8:00am
- Young Lady of the Month spotlight on the second Wednesday of every month at Noon
- Guest Bloggers !
- More intentional categories of blog topics, for easier navigation through EmpowerU posts. Including new pages for guest bloggers and young lady of the month. (find them under the “read more” tab)
- Real-life collaborations with other bloggers and organizations
- Real-life evidence/images of me applying the things that I’m talking to you about.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities comment your email below or email me at ProjectEmpowerU@gmail.com !
2017: a Year of Perserverance
Last year, I quit on quite a few of my goals in 2016. I could tell you all of my goals and all of the reasons that I quit; instead, I’m going to give you 4 quick lessons that I learned.
- Do NOT be over-ambitious. I began January 2016 with at least 12 goals for the year. 12 BIG goals. While I was successful at some, I failed at others. It’s not that my goals were unrealistic, their were just too many for me to focus on them all. So while I focused on and achieved 2 or 3 goals, I completely ignored 4 or 5.
- Plan for setbacks. Avoid the idealistic mistake of expecting planning for the best. Allow room in your goal planning for obstacles. For example, if you want to lose 15 pounds by June (swimsuit season), and you know that you can lose 1 pound a week (15 weeks total), give yourself closer to 20 weeks to reach your goal. Give yourself a cushion of time, or reach out for extra support, because you never know what may happen. You might lose motivation or a loved one. I know that you might not want to think that way, but if you want to be successful, then plan that way.
- SMART goals are better goals. I said this last year, and I failed to follow through. Your goals should be Specific, Measurable, Action-Oriented, Realistic & Time Based. Take your big goal, and use the acronym to figure out what your specific desire is and what specific thing you are going to do to achieve it. Then break it down into mini-goals. Write this down! Write this down! Write this down!
- Reward yourself…appropriately. If your goal is to lose weight, don’t reward yourself with cake and junk food. Find a reward that appeals to a different sense. Buy a new shirt, rent that movie you wanted to see, get your nails done, etc. Reward yourself for each mini-goal that you achieve, but not a moment sooner. Don’t reward yourself because you’re overwhelmed, stressed out, or because you feel like you’ve achieved something. Don’t reward yourself just because your friends are rewarding themselves. If you didn’t achieve a goal that you wrote down, then what are you rewarding?
On a personal note, this year I will be graduating from UNCG with my bachelors degree and applying for Physical Therapy school. I also have goals for this year in the areas of faith, relationships, health, and financial management. If I expect to be successful this year, I will have to persevere. I have to push past every obstacle. I have to manage my stress. I have to keep going and keep pushing no matter what comes my way. Perseverance is a major key for me this year!
Figure out what word best describes 2017 for you and let it motivate you each and everyday.
You Got This Girl ! ❤ Love, Mo