Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Do the next right thing

So we've finally made it to February, despite the fact that somehow January felt like the longest year of all time. Rather than writing a Happy New Year post in January, even though it was so long, I thought I'd take a different approach and do a February check in post.

I, like most people, set some New Years resolutions, ranging from small things like "wash my face twice a day" to vague things like "be tidier" and then bigger things like career goals. I'm always guilty of falling off the wagon pretty quickly after setting my goals, and in some instances I haven't even started them at all, so I've decided to focus on a different approach this year, and it's inspiration came from an unlikely place... Frozen II.

Do the next right thing. It's something that Anna mentions early on in the film, and then proceeds to turn into a whole musical number. And it really stuck with me.



I'm looking at this from two perspectives, the first being to breaking down your goals.
"I won't look too far ahead
It's too much for me to take
But break it down to this next breath, this next step
This next choice is one that I can make"

What I've taken from this is breaking down to your goals so they're more manageable. We all want to become better people, and so we so set big goals, but then are not really sure where to start. So as Anna has said, break it down to this next breath, this next step.

This ties into what I learned from Bossed Up from their Bootcamp and planner last year related to goal setting. Start with your end goal, and work backwards. List all the things that you can do to help achieve this goal and focus on those, one at a time, and don't be afraid to give yourself a little reward along the way!

My second interpretation relates to getting back on the wagon when you fall off. I don't know about you, but sometimes if there's something I'm trying to be better about, whether it be eating better, changing habits etc, I sometimes find I end up giving up all together. 

2019 was an eye opener for me in terms of what I learned about my anxiety and how I deal with things when they don't go exactly as planned. But thanks to our good friend Anna, I'm changing my mindset. I'm doing the next right thing - not focusing on being perfect, but taking it one day, or one act at a time. So I didn't do something right today - that doesn't mean I should give up on all the great progress I've made.

I'm happy to say that doing the next right thing is going pretty well for me - it's helping me form new habits and work on making my goals more attainable. I'm definitely putting both in place to work on and stick to my Salesforce related goals for the year. 

Who'd have thought my personal mantra form 2020 would have come from a Disney movie! 

Resources: Bossed Up


Soundtrack: Do the next right thing - Kristen Bell


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