Welcome to February, the month when all of our best intentions for a New Year begin to run off the rails. It was just a month ago that the year ticked over and most of us made a resolution to make some changes for the better. What is different for me this year is that my resolution came early and from an entirely different place.
Just before Christmas my mother took a fall and seriously injured herself. The road to recovery will be a long one – by her terms too long. To make sure that she remains safe, and has the help that she needs in her recovery, I have temporarily moved into her home. This meant bringing along, a limited wardrobe, my dog, necessary files, my laptop and other electronic tools with a ridiculous amount of power cords. Being on call 24/7 quickly brought the realization that taking care of myself was going to be absolutely essential if I was going to manage her health and household needs along with my business obligations and my own household responsibilities.
My decision and resolution was to resume a routine of early morning water workouts at a nearby pool 3 to 4 times per week. What was different about this resolution was the absolute realization that I want and need to be as healthy as I can for me first, and then for the others in my life that are counting on my strength. As a lark I started cryptically posting the day number count of consecutive planned days in the pool on my Facebook page with no explanation. Some of my friends began to wonder about these posts. Questions were asked and answered simply. The best part for me is the absolute joyful accountability that my friends have set-up by acknowledging my progress and encouraging me both in person and on Facebook. Knowing I have this support makes it really hard to blow-off a morning water workout even when the temperature outside is sub-zero and it would be ever so much easier to crawl under the covers for some extra sleep.
Here is the good news. So far, I have been able to keep my promise to myself and am being rewarded with marked progress – my creaky knees don’t creak so much, my muscles are toning up, and I have lost a few pounds. Even better, I seem to be managing the added responsibilities fairly well and I am buoyed regularly by the generous comments of support by my friends.
The take away for you, my mostly invisible blog friends, lives in this quote by Abraham Lincoln: “The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.” Today I am really clear about the fact that the changes we wish to see in our lives, personally or in business, will only happen one day at a time.
It doesn’t matter when you start to change the future, as long as you keep on starting. What meaningful resolutions will you make for your business or yourself?
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