Happy New Year.
The music plays. The smiles and the laughter are shared in an atmosphere of love and excitement around what is on the horizon. You sing that Happy New Year song that no-one knows the words to. It is almost like for a split second, this grandiose feeling of motivation and drive that will push you to no end, captivates your world and then…
It’s March 1st.
There are no fireworks, no light beams falling from the sky and you might find yourself in a place of lowkey “depression.”
Yes, my friends, you too may have experienced what I like to call “quarter-one blues.”
We have all been there in some fashion whether in our personal or professional lives. The sky is the limit at the onset of January 1st. The expectation is that you will receive a new job, promotion, lose weight or finally start executing on those same projects from the previous year. The first three months of the year are critical for remaining on schedule for reaching certain goals and/or milestones.
Personally, I wanted to be in the best shape of my life but have struggled trying to find time to actually go to the gym along with fulfilling life’s other greatest demands. I plan to pack me and my fat up and “pull-up” on the gym, no excuses. Clearly, I need to get my life in order to look somewhat half as good as Ciara.
Y’all, forreal Ciara is work out goals for 2019!!! I saw this photo this week and IMMEDIATELY knew that I had to get my life in order!”
When I think about my thought patterns as I approached the second quarter in 2019, my outlook is a lot different than in previous years. POSITIVE VIBES ONLY. So, if you are stuck with the quarter one blues, here are a few tips that I used to prevent from spilling into quarter two:
1. Gospel Music: I’ve secretly challenged myself to listen to only gospel music for 30 days straight and it has been amazing. My spirit feels so rejuvenated and I forgot about all the old school gospel jams that used to get me through tough times.
2. Strategizing my Goals: Instead of creating a million goals for one year, I’ve committed myself to only one per quarter which totals to four goals for the year. This is very feasible in my world.
3. Positive Friends: I’ve chosen to only surround myself around positive people. There is not enough contextual space to stress the importance of this sentiment. You literally cannot sit here if you plan to be Negative Nancy around me.
4. Bet on Yourself: Be your own hype man. Start your day off with your favorite song, complete those previous goals, go workout, apply for that job, send that email, own your work, inspire yourself and inspire others. Push past your fears and always BET ON YOURSELF.
It is my hope that we (including myself) never give up on our dreams. There are many odds already set against us but I hope you (yes you) never lose sight of your zeal or zest. So as we continue on our journey during the second quarter of 2019, I challenge you to relinquish your self-doubt and disappointments. Take a moment to regroup because there is still time to set off those fireworks again!