Happy Monday everybody!! Hope you had a beautiful and safe weekend.
If you’ve been hanging around recently you may have caught my post about my new year’s resolution to re-strategize how I went about this whole blogging thing. It’s something that I am really enjoying, but blogging isn’t as easy as some might make it look. There’s a TON of work that goes into it. Not just from the creative side of content writing and photography, but from a technical and social media aspect as well. It can be very overwhelming to someone who’s just starting out.
But isn’t that how most things worth having are? You have to really prove you want it by putting the time and work into it.
So, in the spirit of Mondays and assuming I’m not the only one facing some sort of new challenge in their life, today I want to share with you seven steps I use to attack challenges head on to achieve my goals…like a boss. 😉
It can apply to anything really, whether its blogging, fitness, your work week; whatever challenge you are currently facing, these strategies have helped me countless times and my hope is that they will encourage and help you as well!
But before I get into that, you might be asking yourself, what the heck do I know?! Fair question. I will be the first to tell you, I don’t know everything! Guess what? I REALLY don’t know everything. But if there is one thing I tend to do well, it’s accomplish things. Big, little, doesn’t seem to matter. Place a task before me and somehow (it might take some time!) but ultimately I will get there. Whether it’s been family hardships, nursing, running, financial struggles, these strategies have worked for me. I have always come out on the other side, so I share this as a friend to a friend. It has helped me through some pretty tough challenges, and I hope they can help you too.
So here we go…
The first thing I do is examine the problem and break it down. Looking at a whole challenge can be pretty daunting, and will almost certainly overwhelm even the most strong willed of individuals. But by taking that giant problem and breaking it into bite sized tasks, suddenly the problem becomes manageable.
By breaking your problem down you can then attack it one piece at a time. Rather than looking at the four month marathon training program, and instantly feel defeated, just look at the first day. Just run those first few miles, and don’t worry about anything beyond that. Then the following day go to your next distance, and so on. Before you know it you’ll be clocking miles you never dreamed possible.
It’s also imperative to envision your end goal. Keeping with the race analogy, often times you’ll hear trainers told to envision themselves crossing the finish line of their race. Picture it in their minds, and hold onto that image with something fierce. Why have you taken on this challenge in the first place? What is your end game? Picture it. What does it look like? You can get there! Holding onto the image of your finish line can carry you through when all you really want to do is just call it quits.
Another tool is to look to other’s for inspiration. This one can be a bit tricky, because sometimes, especially in the blogging world, we see others out there just killing it and we instantly feel like we could never measure up. That type of thinking is so toxic. I recently stumbled across a writer where she challenged her readers to stop looking to others with jealousy and competition, but to transform those feelings into inspiration. And it’s so TRUE!! Be inspired by those you look up to. Don’t worry about measuring up, because you are your own voice. I’m preaching to myself here on this one, but it’s so important to keep you moving forward. Being inspired propels you. Jealousy and competition will only leave you powerless.
As you’re working through your challenge, it’s imperative to keep things in perspective. Very rarely do we face something difficult where we start off like rock stars; if we did then it wouldn’t be a challenge, would it? Be patient with yourself. Remember if we’re breaking things down into baby steps then its going to take time, and that is OKAY! Challenges tend to be marathons, not sprints.
And during those periods where you will inevitably feel like giving up, remind yourself what you have accomplished. Whether it’s what you’ve accomplished so far on this particular journey or just in general. Remind yourself! Before I had the guts to go live with my blog I literally wrote out all the things I had accomplished in my life: wife, mother, nurse, world traveler, runner, etc. On paper I looked pretty cool, way too cool to let the fear of the unknown stop me from pursuing something that I wanted. Because you know what, even if I failed, I would still be all those things. I would still be pretty awesome. That night my blog went live.
And finally, I cannot stress enough the importance of celebrating your small victories. I did a literal happy dance the first time someone commented on my blog. Seriously! Literally flipped out in my family room! In the grand scheme of things is that really a big deal? Not to a lot of people, but to me it was the world. Just like figuring out SEO, obtaining my URL, and reaching out to my first set of fellow bloggers really doesn’t impress anyone. But to me it was proof that I was making things happen. Ever so slowly this vision I had of me as a full time blogger was coming closer. Each one of our small victories are worth celebrating. Embrace them! Be proud of yourself! And let them encourage you and move you forward, closer to your goal.
So what have you accomplished? We all have things that we can be proud of and celebrate. And when you’re facing something that shakes that faith in yourself or in your journey that’s when you need to be reminded the most that you are already a rock star and little by little you’re taking down this giant of a challenge.
Whatever it is that you are facing I hope you will remember than nothing is too big that it can’t be broken down. Taking it one step at a time, keeping your end goal in mind, you will be able to overcome and achieve whatever it is you’re working towards. Remember that you are a rock star, let other’s inspire you along the way, and above all else, celebrate this journey you are on. You’re on it for a reason, good or bad. And I 100% believe, you’ve got this!