Firstly, Happy New Year! 2016 has been a year of ups and downs, in truth, just like any year. Some of you have had more ups than downs and some of your achievements and experiences have been huge and some have been smaller steps in the right direction. Either way we should all celebrate in the ups and achievements we had in 2016. We can all find something to be proud of. Start with being proud of yourself, even if it’s just making it to 2017!
The downs we can learn from, gain strength from and use to initiate change for the good. So, 2017 is about building on the ups and achievements, the 1st January is just another day in a long line of days in front of you. All of which add up to a lifetime of achievements, milestones met and more ups and downs. That sounds a little overwhelming, right? Don’t let it be. Having a long-term vision or goal is an excellent way to focus your attention and efforts. But big, currently out of reach, goals can be the things that stop us from achieving them or eventually giving up trying to reach them.
Think of your goal as a jigsaw puzzle (you have a picture to work from, now you just need to put it all together); some of your goals may be 10,000 pieces, 1,000 pieces, 500 pieces, some may even be double sided! Now that’s blown my mind. Now, I don’t know about you but I like to frame my jigsaw first. Get the corners in place, fill in the straight edges, pull together the similar colours and patterns and begin to fill the gap that now surrounds my jigsaw (goal). The fewer pieces in your jigsaw the quicker you’ll complete it, the less overwhelming it looks. Some pieces will be quicker to piece together, others a little trickier (especially if it’s double sided!). You may start with a certain area of your puzzle but find yourself going a little off track by spotting a matching piece that fits another area. That’s ok, it’s all part of the bigger picture.
So, visualise what you want, chunk it down, work out what you need to fill in the gaps, find people that can help you do this and work your way through the stages. The big jigsaws can be challenging so it’s ok to take the occasional step back, re-group, sleep on it and come back to it refreshed. Don’t forget to live the moment too. We can get all too bogged down with the detail that we forget to live, have fun, be with the people that make us feel good about ourselves. Hey, why not make them part of your goal, bring some of these good people on the ride with you. It’ll make it a whole lot easier and more fun; they may even be an integral part of your jigsaw puzzle. Hey, you may even encounter someone who is doing the same puzzle as you and they may have completed different chunks!
So, what is it you want? What skills, people, materials etc do you need? Just start somewhere. Try a small jigsaw first. Finish it and pat yourself on the back. There’s one ‘up’ for you right there.
Whatever it is you are working towards, make sure it makes you happy, makes you feel good and leaves you with a sense of achievement. If it doesn’t, re-asses why you’re doing it. Life is too short to waste time on things that don’t make us happy, or lead to happier times.
Here’s to a happy 2017 and the jigsaw that lies ahead.
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