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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Say Thank You

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Have you ever felt completely stuck? Have you ever made a bad decision? It happens to all of us, but what we do next is what really matters. You could replay the situation over and over and over again OR you could say “Thank You” for the experience.

Two years ago I participated in a Project Miracles program that focused on truly being grateful for where you are right now. The idea of genuinely saying thank you for the good and bad of life gives you the ability to move past a particular moment or situation and free yourself from getting hung up on it later. This process was pivotal in my personal life as well as moving my business forward.

This acceptance process is part of my Visual Review Strategy Sessions. Each time a client experiences the session, I immediately see how freeing the process is for them. Even for myself, I feel so at ease and in control of my future after I complete my 6-month visual reviews. By simply acknowledging and accepting what happened in the past, opportunities seem to open up for the future.

Even if you are feeling low about a situation, try looking it in the face and truly accept the situation for what it is. Then genuinely say Thank You and see how easy it is to move on!

As a new practice for myself, I created a template to fill out every day (or as needed) to document my gratitude. I take a few moments to write down three things I am grateful for and the reason. Documenting the actual reason behind my gratitude has helped me move past the not-so-good things a little easier.

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Is there something you need to say thank you for?

What is hanging over your head right now?

Is there someone that you are so grateful to have in your life?

What type of gratitude practice do you use?

Download this Free Gratitude Template and try it out.

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Hit the Reset Button

I am not certain how it happened so quickly, but June is here! In a few weeks, it will officially be summer and half way through the year.

So how do you feel about that?!

Maybe you feel excited about how much you have done thus far – and you should be proud of those accomplishments! Or you could now be breathing into a paper bag trying to stave off an anxiety attack because you haven’t even started to think about goals for this year.

Either way, this is actually an excellent time to pause and assess how the first half of 2015 is shaping up. With several months completed, you probably have a good idea of how your year is going so far. You also still have plenty of time to go beyond your initial intentions or turn things around to achieve your goals before December rolls around.

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I found myself Ready.To.Go. in early January – revamping my website content, establishing new service offerings – I was optimistic and excited about 2015! I even gave my year a name: The Year of Action. There definitely was action, but I could feel myself slipping. By mid-April, I was starting to panic (me + paper bag!). Since then, I have taken some time to pause and think about what my goals should be and how I can meet them.

I just finished up a visual review session (with myself) and feel confident I can move back into action. I know what I need for accountability (Propelle’s Virtual Summer Camp) and also know what I am working to complete (my first e-newsletter ever!). It is official – I am hitting the Reset Button!

How about you?!

What did the first half of 2015 look like for you?
What are the highlights?
Did you have any unexpected challenges?
Have you reviewed your goals lately?
Do they still resonate with you?
Are you a little late on setting your goals?
Why not take the next 5 minutes and set a goal?
What will you reset 
today?

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Living Life Forward


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Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

This is one of my most favorite quotes from Soren Kierkegaard because I find it to be so true. How many situations have you looked back on and thought “If only I had known what I know now…”  The (better) solution seems so clear when you have all the information in front of you. Unfortunately, information is always missing when we have to make a decision. Staying frozen in time is not an option; we must move forward with life.

I do believe that the past is the past – it cannot be changed therefore precious time and energy should not be wasted dwelling on it. BUT – and this is important – some time must be spent reflecting on the past. Pausing and taking note of the events that occurred and the lessons learned are crucial in planning for a successful future. By reviewing history (in any context) we have so many answers that can be uncovered. If we harness those lessons we can begin to enjoy living life forwards.

The start of a new year is an ideal time to make some space for that reflection. This has been my practice for several years and it has done wonders for my goal planning and overall outlook on life.

So what do you think?

Want to try conducting a year-end review on your own? Follow these steps.
Once you are finished, post a comment on how it went. What did you learn?

Does tackling a review by yourself seem a bit too overwhelming? Schedule a Visual Review (virtual or face-to-face) with a visual problem solver (that would be me) to help you start living life forwards.