The following blog is written by Audrey Hayes, Elevate’s Creative Director, as she shares the vicious cycle she many times experiences around the new year (and how she plans to make a change in 2018). Enjoy!
- I tend to be quick to come up with new ideas. (When isolated, this statement isn’t bad).
- I tend to be passionate about all these ideas. (Uh huh. We’re getting a little closer to the problem).
- I want to go after and achieve all of these ideas. (Keep going. We’re almost there).
- I have little patience when it comes to waiting, and tend to want immediate results. When that’s not possible, I feel overwhelmed, discouraged, and ready to hit the brakes on making progress. (Ding, ding, ding! We’ve hit the gold).
I’m being fully transparent when I say…
So, what’s a girl to do?
And I’m ready for a change
Start with you
- Find the freedom to be who you’re made to be. Learn more about your wiring and discover the many gifts you add, as well as challenges you might face, and see how to put guardrails and guidelines in place to help you be your best self.
- Dream, ideate, brainstorm–it’s part of what makes you, you! Don’t let the fear of being overwhelmed keep you from doing what you enjoy most.
Here’s where it gets tricky
- Prioritize your goals. Really think about that one thing (maybe two, because come on, you’re still a quick start at heart) you absolutely want to achieve. Find freedom in saying no to the others, at least for now.
- Create a plan. Include baby steps. You and I might tend to be big-picture thinkers, and that, my friend, can be a value-add. But in this case, we need to challenge ourselves to bring it down, narrow in, and set small, measurable, action steps.
- Track your progress. Whether it’s setting specific deadlines, using a goal-setting app, or journaling about your journey, be sure to track the progress you’ve made.
- Ask a friend to hold you accountable. This is huge! Sometimes we need to invite someone else into our journey to help us stay on track. I don’t know about you, but I many times need a good come to Jesus meeting from a friend to help me get out of my rut, and onto my dreams.
- Celebrate! ‘Nough said.