Over the past few weeks I have been self-assessing. I tend to do this when I feel as if I am ‘off my game’, so to speak. While mulling it over I kept asking myself, what would my life look like if I made a consistent effort to be the best version of myself? What would happen if I made a proactive attempt at designing my life exactly how I wanted it?
I have watched YouTube videos, read quotes and books that have unanimously taught me that I must take charge of my life and to create the kind of life that I truly want to live. How different would my life look from the last three months if I adopted the mind-set to commit 100%, to living life as I designed? I did my best to picture it but, honestly? I am not sure. However, what I am certain of is that life as I know it, would change for the better.
This is how I knew, I had to walk the walk.
For the next ¾ of 2018, I will cast fear aside and will try to fashion life as I never knew it before. I will evaluate all areas of my life and will form a plan on how I can upgrade each area. This also means that I will focus on developing habits that will make me a more effective human and pursue goals that I have procrastinated.
Though this is a personal journey, I will detail updates on my progress on the first Sunday of each month until the end of 2018.
One day, while making rounds of watching YouTube videos, I came across the concept of bullet journaling. Over time, my obsession for watching said themed videos grew rapidly. I became intrigued by “Plan With Me” videos, where you observe how various individuals set up their bullet journals thus, being more organized for a specific month.
Of late, my need to be more organized has grown tenfold. In my humble opinion, an organized life is mandatory to reap overall success.
You may wonder, ‘what exactly is a Bullet Journal?’. Based on my understanding, it is a book that is used with the intention to plan for / organize, track and store specific activities / tasks, events or even, habits that you want to embark on within a particular time-frame.
A Bullet Journal is ideal for a person that;
📌 Is goal-oriented
📌 Enjoys planning, journaling or things of that nature
📌 Wants to be organized
📌 Loves stationery equipment
📌 Loves to regularly track their goals or habits
Yesterday, I bought my first journal (a special shout-out to my friend that helped with my selection. I can be very indecisive at times lol.). I am filled with excitement to start my journaling journey and will share updates of my progress in future posts.
It is eight o’ clock in the morning. I am up and my mind is running a mile a minute. I tend to think a lot about the past, the present and the future. Who I was versus who I am and, who I want to be. I am proud of my progress thus far, and I love the person that I am. Now.
Self-discovery is a beautiful yet, intricate experience.
As a child, I was always afraid and felt too shy to embrace me. As a teen, I realized how I was and felt the need to change. That is the thing with me; I always welcomed change even if it scared me. That is when I started my journey to my better self.
I was shy and afraid of speaking, so I challenged myself and joined the debating society. I feared dancing in public, so, I participated in a dance competition for the first time in my life, while in high school.
I say that to say, never allow fear to prevent you from becoming your better self. Sometimes the things we are afraid of doing, are the very things that will help us grow the most. The obstacles that we encounter and engage in are at times the most rewarding.
My advice? Challenge yourself by taking action, face your fears and learn from every experience.
For a period of my life, I embraced complacency. Mind you, I had certain goals and aspirations that I was excited for mentally but, did little to nothing to achieve. That became my problem. Over time, I fell down the proverbial rabbit hole and became more and more dissatisfied with how my life was going. Until one day, I then realized that my reality could change at any moment IF I DECIDED to change. This paradigm shift was a game-changer for me. I learnt that I must take action in achieving my goals and that I must work on those things that are within my control. If I do my part, things will fall into place.
How am I Changing?
I Make a Decision
I decided that I would no longer settle for mediocrity. I know what I want to achieve and I know the required effort that it will take to accomplish my goals. Partial efforts lead to partial results. I therefore decided to commit to my goals 100%.
I Read Books / Watch Videos / Listen to Podcasts
I stimulate my mind with uplifting books that will not only encourage me, but will give me tactics that I can implement to realize my goals. Currently, I am doing my best to read at least three books per month.
Secondly, I watch inspirational YouTube videos and listen to podcasts on a daily basis as sources of constant motivation.
I Make a Plan
Personally, I find to-do lists to be a highly effective mechanism to keep me on track of what I want to accomplish. I write down each goal and then break them down into smaller practicable tasks. To ensure that I make time to engage these tasks, I also assign them within my weekly schedule.
I Take Action
I understand now, that it is through consistent action that we will attain our goals. My aspiration is that each day, I will do just one small thing that will propel me forward on the path that I want to go. I subscribe to the Tanzanian proverb “little by little, a little becomes a lot”. Thus, it is through constant effort that we will accomplish our goals.