Goals can take various forms. They could be of a physical nature—we want to make more money, own a home, get married, or have children. Or perhaps they could be more abstract and less tangible—we want to live a healthier life, deepen our spirituality, raise our children to be well-adjusted adults, or retire at an age that we can actually enjoy retirement.
What about your goals? Are they within reach? Or have you found yourself playing catch-up—the kids are growing up too fast; you don’t own your home free and clear; your doctor (and your body) is telling you to slow down; or maybe you’re close to retirement age, but not in a position to retire.
While this may be discouraging, it doesn’t mean your goals are unattainable. True, you may have to adjust your expectations, but your goals may very well be within reach if you stay positive and continue to incrementally work toward them.
It all comes down to choices. You can wake up every morning and choose to be in a good mood or a bad one; to live a healthy life or an unhealthy one; to be productive or lazy. And your choices don’t exist in a vacuum. Nearly every choice has a domino effect, no matter how seemingly small it may be. Good decisions follow good decisions, just as bad ones beget bad ones. Consider just one common experience with two different scenarios:
The alarm is going off.
The alarm is going off. Instead of hitting the snooze, you choose to get up and exercise.
The healthy meals, coupled with the workout, give you sustained energy and mental clarity to do the things you need to do for the day, including the laundry. This allows more time to work toward your more important goals.
So this month I challenge you to Nest Pretty by choosing to start early in the day, early in the week, early in the month, early in the year. Choose to make good decisions the moment you get out of bed and you will find greater success in reaching your goals.