Week 2 - Focusing on you
Download Our 2022 Digital Planner. Goal Coach Carla Stokes talks about how to use the "My Daily Journal" page to use as a tool for positivity to stop negative thinking. Print the pages and follow us as we move through each page. We are going to make this year our best year ever.
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Week 1 Gratitude
Download Our 2022 Digital Planner. Goal Coach Carla Stokes talks about how to use the "I am grateful for" page to use as a tool for positivity to stop negative thinking. Print the pages and follow us as we move through each page. We are going to make this year our best year ever.
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I’ve been tried to the ten thousandth degree recently and retreated to complaining mode (asking Why is this happening? Why I’m going through this? Why all my efforts seem to exacerbate the situation?) There was no peace to be found there.
The situation kept pressing, and yes, the feeling of helplessness was slowly tearing me down. I needed to be there, because I needed to see how I was focusing on the external. I reached out instead of reaching in! In that particular area, I forgot about what God has done in every other area of my life. For several days, I wanted so badly to fix it, claim the victory, and move on that I was putting band aids on battle wounds! Me, of all people whom God has carried through many storms before forgot to give this one over to Him! I slipped up.I’m always telling others that “God’s got it”! And when I reached a mountain, I forgot to remind myself of that! The time I wasted trying to climb the mountain by myself is time I will never get back!
Well, I definitely remember now!!! God moves mountains so there ain’t no reason to waste energy on a climb! He got me! I’m not helpless! I am strong! I’m not weak! My Faith is powerful! I’m not weary! I am blessed!
Today, I ask for His Forgiveness for my hesitation in turning this over to Him. Today, I’m thankful for the reminder that every situation is covered by things bigger than me. And today, I am most grateful for that humbling moment when the sun rays began to shine through the clouds again. I AM NOW HERE☀️💫♥️🙏🏾👑 #waymaker
Stepping into Spring
As we embark on a new season, goals are ever so important. Here are some words of wisdom from my Spring Journal about confidence and goals.
Confidence is everything! Yeah! That's me in a swimsuit. One thing for sure is that I do not lack confidence. I spent most of my life try to carry the weight of other people's worlds and holding back on my own growth. I am no longer sorry if I offend you, I live for myself. Don't get me wrong - I'm still the woman who cares and will lend a shoulder to cry on, but when it comes to the opinions of others - I'm all for me.
My most important goal for this Spring is to practice meditation. I plan to master 15 minutes of pure meditation. Remember meditation is a form of prayer. It is when you achieve a level of peace that allows you to be in sync with your spiritual self. The ability to block out your thoughts and spend one-on-one with God is only achieved through disciplined practice. This is a growth goal of mine which is very dear.
Don't let me start with absorption. Do a self-inventory - what are you dealing with that does not need to be in your space? When you absorb someone else's negative energy, it impacts you. It impacts your ability to function. Set a goal to clear your space of negativity. Protect your life and the quality of it. Keep your mind and environment positive.
Lastly, set a reward for yourself, once you accomplish your goal. Check out my confidence walk below. Achievement is the outcome of setting goals and being determined to make them happen. Remember, hold your head up high and keep growing!
MY STANDING DESK
When I made the transition to working online 13 years ago, I was very concerned about the amount of time I would spend being seated during my day. Working at home has many benefits, but without a plan, it can take a toll on your health. With meetings and work demands, you may spend hours at a time sitting if you are not aware. I hope this post is helpful for those who are working at home because of the pandemic.
It is recommended that every hour you spend 45 - 55 minutes seated at the computer and 5-15 minutes of moving around. Well, I've tried that for years. I tried it with a timer. I've tried it with an app. Regardless, I end up spending 2-3 hours sitting and working at a time. I've heard about standing desks and treadmill desks for a while now. Well, the treadmill desk was not an option - imagine the complaints I would get from my clients hearing the heavy breathing LOL. Five years ago, the price range for standing desks was $250 - $400. Now, the prices are finally coming down. Today is my first day working at my new desk and I love it. I'm excited about burning the extra 24 calories per hour that standing uses compared to sitting. I'm also excited about the improved circulation in my legs and being able to do a few squats while waiting for the voicemails to pick up. I think this new office design is really going to improve my health and quality of work. So from now on, I will be standing and not whistling while I work.
Taking a Payment Test Drive
With Faith comes clarity - What if I literally put the cart before the horse by starting to make payments to myself while my car is still running? Let’s say I do some research. First, find a car I like (most dealership websites will have the approximate payment amount listed). Next, call my insurance company's customer service or use the online quote tool to see how much it will cost to add the new car and remove my old car from my plan. For this example, I will use a car payment of $600 per month and an increase in insurance of $100. This means that I will have to pay an additional $700 per month to get the car. Now, let's consider if my budget can do that. If I'm NOT able to save $700 a month, I would need to find a cheaper car (A GAL GOTTA EAT)! If I am able to save the payment and maintain a comfortable lifestyle, the money is still available for emergency use. Then when it's time to buy the car, I will already have made several payments or in the best-case scenario - I could possibly pay it off. The reward is being confident of what I'm able to afford ahead of time. Additionally, if I use the money saved to make the down payment, I could opt for a lower car payment or a shorter financing term which will likely get me a better interest rate on the car loan. I can also just keep the savings as back up for a rainy day or spend it on a road trip in my new car. Just imagine, if my current car keeps on ticking for five more years to make this goal even more successful - that will be icing on the cake!
It is amazing how prayer and planning can make a scary decision easier. If you need help with making a decision or need an accountability partner, let me know. I am now a certified goal life coach. Together we can make things happen. Much Success, Carla