Good Morning world! J Monkeys here. Every January I like to take a few moments to reflect on the year that passed and determine if I’ve made any progress in the Game of Life. I imagine my little car, complete with a pink and three blue little sticks, moving along the game board. Sure I had a few paydays, and probably got set back a bit, but over all, did I make any progress over those hills last year?
in 2013, I had a lot of goals and I don’t think I actually ended the year any further along than when I started. I made some progress along the way, then had some setbacks that negated it. That’s all right with me, as long as I learned something. And I did learn something. Looking at last year in retrospect, I let a couple of good opportunities pass me by because I wasn’t focused, or organized enough, or even was just too lazy.
Well, I have a couple of amazing opportunities before me right now and I do not want to miss out. One of them is potentially a once-in-a-career, jump-to-a-new-and-exciting-path type of opportunity. It’s doable, but as we used to say in the corporate world, it’s a stretch goal. Meaning, I can do it, but I’ll have to stretch myself to get there – it won’t be easy.
So, here I am at the beginning of 2014. What goals do I want to set for myself for this year? I have declared 2014 the year in which I will get…stuff (to be “G” rated) done. It’s the 11th day of the year, and I’ve already accomplished more toward my goals than I did in the preceding 365!
In the last two weeks, I have finished and published the DIY Publishing book I had been working on. I’ve finished and published my third Kindergarten sight word book, Dixie & Taco go to the Beach. I finalized and published a book I wrote with a bunch of school children last summer, TV is on the Run. I created and published (for myself) a new organizer. And I updated my website, www.jmonkeys.com.
These things were the low hanging fruit on my to-do list. There are a few other juicy bits in easy reach that I would like to see finished in short order. But the best part about having gotten some of these things finished, is that I’ve proven to myself that I can do it. The excuses I’ve been telling myself clearly are not true. I can get things done when I put my mind to it. I’m so excited about my recent accomplishments that it’s really spurring me on. I’m excited about finishing a few more things, and can’t wait to work on them!
My little car is flying down the board right now. How’s yours? Have you been stuck, like me? What do you need to do to jump start things? Maybe just finishing a project that is nearly done with spur you on too.