Faith Matters, General

First Friday: February

Margaret Thatcher – Former British Prime Minister

Hey Family! It’s the first Friday of a new month, so you know what that means right? No? Well, it means we get to look ahead and decide what we’d like to accomplish in the next 34 days (until the next #FirstFriday insert). We get to decide, right now, if we want to be in the same place when we look back a month from now, or whether we’d like to see detailed progress in our lives and habits.

And since we’ve entered the infamously dubbed ‘Month of Love’, why not show love to ourselves by being intentional about taking daily steps towards being better and doing better in all parts of our lives. After all, we are commanded to be to ourselves first what we are meant to be to others.

 “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” 

Matthew 22 vs 37 – 39

I took the liberty of reading back on February 2019’s #FirstFriday post and realised a few things.

Firstly: I think last year was the start of speedy Januaries for me, because I felt the exact same way about it this year. I felt like this year’s month of January went by quite fast. Only difference is, this year there are mixed feelings from those around me about how fast/slow the ‘year’ of January went by. How did it feel for you?

Secondly: February is usually the time when we slowly start to settle back into old habits that we promised ourselves at the beginning of the year (or in the last few months of the previous year) that we’d let go of. In last year’s post I spoke briefly on how our lives are directed by a force of habit. I also mentioned 3 steps to forming a new habit, and ensuring that it stays a consistent thing. However, I didn’t really break down a strategy that can be adopted and applied towards in our day to day.

Which brings me to my last point: Strategy & Application.

I’ve learnt over the past year that you can have an abundance of great ideas, and even the knowledge that implementing them would lead to great success. However, if you lack strategy, a detailed plan on how to go about it, all that will ever be is just an idea. More so, without implementation, there wont be any progress.

With that in mind, I’ve put together 7 simple steps that are helping me to be more consistent in being better, and doing better overall.

  1. Have a WHY that is deeper than the surface.
    • For example, if your goal is workout 3x a week, then your reason needs to be about more than just aesthetics. Overall good health so that you can spend quality time with your family is one way to view it. Or perhaps your reason could be to see the progression/increase in strength and discipline because the man/woman God has called you to be is both physically and mentally strong, disciplines and healthy.
  2. Write out your goals for the month at the beginning of each month.
    • Make sure that it is in line with what is on your vision board for the year/the vision or goals you have written out for the new year. But also, leave room for the Holy Spirit to lead you on what to add to the list. Remember to keep the overall year goals in plain sight. There’s some truth to the quote that says ‘out of sight, out of mind’.
  3. Break the month’s goals into tasks that span over 4 or 5 weeks (depending on the month).
    • This is to ensure that every week you’re making progress towards achieving the month’s goals. At the end of each week, make a checklist of goals that need to be accomplished the following week. It needs to be a checklist that you can check off when the task is completed.
  4. Engage your physical senses every time you accomplish a goal.
    • Touch – Tick off or strike through an accomplished goal.
    • Sight – Visually take a few seconds (5 – 10 seconds tops) to just take in that a goal is done and dusted.
    • Hearing – Verbally account for what is done, and how much is left. Ex. ‘5 tasks done, only 3 more to go‘. It serves as a positive affirmation to yourself about how well you’re doing.
    • Taste & Smell – These two can be included in whatever you decide to reward yourself with. It ties in with getting used to delayed gratification.
  5. Take inventory.
    • Every week or, if your schedule allows, at the end of every day see what worked, what didn’t and how that can be improved going forward.
    • Asses WHY a certain thing didn’t work.
    • Be honest with yourself about why as well as what improvements can be made. As well as how effective they’ll be.
  6. Keep this weekly plan where you will see it regularly. Whether it’s your journal, your phone’s home screen, etc. Remember, out of sight, out of mind.
  7. Lastly, but most importantly, PRAY OVER EVERY PLAN! At the beginning of every month, week, and day. When the going gets tough, God’s spirit has promised to be our help. But, He’s a gentleman, and won’t impose where He hasn’t been allowed in.

Tell me, what are some thing’s you’re personally doing to ensure that you stay consistent with #Vision2020 all through 2020? I’d love to know!

Grace & Peace to you & yours
– Xo, Jo 🌺

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