Set Your Intentions

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Unbelievably time has flown by and it is now June – half way through the year. So I took some time last week to complete a mid-year review. There was a lot going on in my business for the first 6 months – it was a “good” busy. In my end-of-year review of 2015, I was very specific and intentional about who I wanted to work with and that made a big difference. I witnessed the power of naming what you want, writing it down and watching it become reality.

Though I am pleased with the focus on my business, I fell short on the other areas of my life. To be quite transparent – I didn’t meet the goals I had planned for at all. In fact, I had serious trouble completing even the first few action steps I defined for myself. And they were seemingly super simple, easy to-dos, such as buying a pair of exercise shoes – which took me 8 weeks to buy. Yes, I said 8 weeks…to click a button on Amazon.

At first, I felt embarrassed and was resistant in sharing that little bit of information. Then I realized that is exactly why I should share it. Because we all struggle – holding yourself accountable is really hard. Just the act of defining your goals, remaining focused on them throughout the year is ridiculously hard. But that is also not a reason to give up.

There is great value in going through the process of setting your intentions; with time and practice, good habits can be formed. I think back to four years ago when I started the process of reviewing my past year. I spent a few fleeting moments deciding on very vague goals. I, along with my process, have grown so much and as I continue to create snapshots of my past, pull out some learning moments and actively participate in planning my future I know I am progressing even more.

I am aware that I will set high expectations and possibly fall short on a lot of them. But I continue to be intentional about my goals and somewhere in my subconscious I remember them and instinctively make choices to get closer to meeting them.

Because of this, I encourage you to continue where you left off and start setting your goals. There is never a “perfect” time to set goals. You don’t have to worry about deciding what to do first, just do something and you will experience some growth. And if you need some extra accountability or maybe a lot of guidance, let me know. Send me a message at emilycmarko@gmail.com and I can share some services that have worked for me and are working for my clients.

Do you have any tips on setting your goals? I would love to hear them!

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Balancing Act

I had a bit of clarity this past weekend as my son was in mid-melt down. He had watched a couple cartoons, then played some games on the ipad and I decided his electronic use was done for the day.  He did not agree – hence the melt down.

Not the first time that has happened, so I was sort of just done with the scenario playing out again. So I stepped back and thought for a while and then…LIGHT BULB!

I love structure, organization, planning – it makes me feel in control of what is going on and it is pretty darn effective when used correctly. So I got to work and created a chart for my son. One that is simple enough for him to understand and me to implement.

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As I was creating this chart I realized lately my focus has been on balance. Balance in life, but specifically in how I – and my family – fill our days. I am becoming more mindful about what I say YES to.

Whether it is a simple thing like deciding not to eat the entire chocolate bar even if it is organic and free of soy, gluten and dairy.  Or something more complex such as passing on a potential job because I would have to say NO to something else I wanted to do.

When I find something (objects, activities, food) I really like I have a tendency to stock pile. Sometimes it is a comforting go-to, other times I am creating a collection of those things I love and every once in a while its out of fear of losing that ‘something’.

It takes discipline to keep my days balanced and not over indulge, I attribute my focus to my 2014 goals. I have tried to weave my goals into each day/week/month as best as I can and I am amazed at how effective it is.

So how do you keep your days balanced with what matters?

P.S. My television really does look like the sketched box TV – maybe its time for an upgrade.