2016 is the Year of “Happy” at Lexicon. We’ve taken on the challenge of helping you find more of your own, bringing you holistic tips and techniques to help you find not only professional success but personal fulfillment. At the beginning of this month we launched a challenge to get that going.
Day twenty of the 30 Day Life Challenge…
The quote that got this all started is “People don’t go out and live, but they expect life results.” We want you to start getting the results you want; that means putting a name to the outcomes you want.
Spring Into Summer
Today is the last day of spring. People are so much more eager to call it the first day of summer, but that click over doesn’t happen until around 6:45 this evening. All day today is your last opportunity to enjoy the spring of 2016. That may seem like an arbitrary thing, as the weather (at least here in the Northeast US) has been hot, humid and sticky for weeks now. But there is power in naming. This power is why I want to emphasize there are still hours left to enjoy this moment of spring. A season often associated with hope, renewal, growth, creation, and momentum, spring is still going, and you have time to live into this moment right now.
Spring Into Your Life
In trying to access a more fulfilled and interesting life for you, our prompt for today is to take that spirit of creation, growth and momentum to spring into action in your life by naming those things that you want to accomplish before the summer is out.
Spring Into Success
Our recommendation is always to start small, reasonable and achievable. We all know it is neigh impossible to get a degree (of any kind) in three months time–but it is possible to get started, researching and enrolling. Don’t make your goals unattainable, creating a negative self-fulfilling prophecy of failure. Instead, set yourself up for success.
What are three things that you can achieve in the next three months?
Name them. Quite literally, write these three things down someplace where you can see it every day and can check them off as you go. I’ve shared my year-long list here; I saved it as a sticky note on my desktop (it was a revelation to find that app), and I’ve added and crossed off as I’ve gone along. I’m quite proud to say that I’ve achieved two things on my list during Spring, and I’m working on the next few for summer–and quite frankly I’ve missed the boat on at least one, but it was a high bar I set for myself and even in missing that goal, I’ve become a better blogger along the way.
The point is now I have a yardstick with which to measure my successes and my failures. I named my goals so I could achieve them. Without naming them all I would have had was a vague idea of what I want to do with no direction as to how to do it. But once they were named, I could see what I wanted to do and make definite plans of how to get it done.
Spring Into Action
While we can yearn for the sunnier times in life, but it’s hard to enjoy them if we haven’t done the legwork to be in a position to enjoy them. Right now, you have the opportunity to set your summer up right. Spring into action and name your happiness. Give yourself satisfaction this summer–three things that you know you can do to make your life yours.
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