It started so well…this year, 2017.
My calendar is a parade of colors, helping me step into a routine that will give me both freedom and keep me on pace toward the goals I REALLY want to achieve personally, in my business and in my songwriting.
I had spent the first of the new year working on my manifesto, so I would remember who I am when challenges, distractions or questions arise. I also spent time setting 90 day goals and getting organized.
Monday, Jan, 9th would launch me into this new season.
Two hours away, my daughter who is a single mom of a 10-month old and 6-year old needed me. She didn’t ask me to come, but I knew with the boys sick she would have to miss work again and she has already missed so much these last two months with being sick herself and having sick
Can I go every time?
Could I set my “launch” aside and go this time?
I could add a ton of drama around this new year and the circumstances and choices in which I found myself.
This is what I could do:
- I could decide that since my year did not start off like I planned, that it isn’t worth it and just fall back into my same patterns which are getting some of me part of the way I want to go, but not very effectively.
- I could be frustrated with myself and beat myself up for not sticking to “the plan”. I doubt a big ol’ heaping of irritation will serve me in any beneficial way.
- I can go home and start where I am. (Frankly, I don’t know how to be anywhere rather than where I am. If you have a tip on how to be 2 places at once, please share.)
This is what I am not going to do:
- Regret that I spent a couple of days with my grands and helping my daughter.
- Miss the 2 or 3 days I lost “following the plan”. I seriously doubt in a few years if I will even remember that I traded my time for something other.
- Worry about taking a couple more days to catch up on sleep and re-organize myself to set that schedule in motion again.
- Let the temporary change of plans change my objectives for the next 90 days and beyond.
Yes, I need to be the guardian of my time if I want to be productive and achieve the things I have decided are important to me.
However, when you know where you are going and you’ve made your plans to get there it is okay to choose best over good in the moment without guilt, regret or a suspension of the ultimate plan.
It is a bump in the road, not a collapse of the bridge.
Bumps in the road have their purpose, too.
Besides that, there is a piece of my manifesto that says “I will show up with compassion.”
Here is to 2017, and starting again.
Do you need to start over again already?
No worries. Let’s do this together.