WE did it. Y’ALL did that. I am so proud of you but I will save that for Thursday’s post. Today we will be reviewing 5 of the biggest lessons I want you all to take with you wherever you go in life from last month’s challenge.
Let Go of Fear
As we examined in Week 1, anytime you do anything new, your brain will devise a list of reasons why you should not do that new thing. It doesn’t matter how good it could be for you and your well being, your brain will tell you to be afraid of it and to stick to the habits and behaviors it’s used to, despite how damaging those behaviors could be.
When your heart is telling you to do something that you know for a fact will be good for you, follow that feeling. I’m not saying to disregard logic, I’m saying that your fears are not a reliable way for deciding what lifestyle and professional choices you should make. They are there to keep you stuck in your ways, because your brain is wary of anything that it is not used to. So in order to get over your fears, you have to dive in head first and stick to it. The rewards of doing this are immeasurable and you will learn a lot about yourself that you never knew before.
Plan. PLAN. PLAN!!!
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. I learned this the hard way like so many others, and this is why I’m telling you to start planning now. The best way to start doing this is to plan the days you already have, without adding anything new.
Start writing down the times you shower, eat, sleep, do homework, go to work, etc. Even though you already live these days, seeing your daily activities written down and timed shows you a visual of how much time you’re spending on what.
With this, you can see how much time you have to add in exercise, or learning a new language or working on your business, and how much time you waste just sitting around. Planning is a game changer. I use this planner from Amazon. You can get the smaller, cheaper one with less months so you can try it out to see if you like it. But there are hundreds of planners out there from you to choose from.
Never Stop Researching
There are so many blogs out there where you can access quality information for FREE. Nearly 70% of websites on the internets are blogs, which means you can nearly find whatever information you need to know — starting a business, marketing, building a brand, technology/equipment you’ll need, how to budget — you can and will find.
And what I just mentioned doesn’t even mention YouTube, lol. We all know how many resources are available on YouTube. USE THEM. Learn from the people who have already done what you’re trying to do. And then take their methods and compare it with another one of your favorite brands, YouTubers, bloggers, or whoever.
You always want to stay up to date with the latest and greatest techniques in whatever industry your in. This will keep you in the know about what your competition is doing, and how you can use those techniques for your own benefit.
After you’ve done all this, now is your time to shine. Post that first IG post about your YouTube channel or the business you just started. You have to start and never quit.
Try out the methods you researched and see what works for you. Maybe this one marketing trick you tried last month didn’t work as well as the one from the month before that. Or maybe that video you posted about makeup didn’t do as well as the one you posted about hair. And both of those are OK. This is what you want. You want to see how your methods vary so you can know what to do more or less of and keep your audience or target market engaged.
Just do it. And I promise you will get better each time.
Never stop reflecting. Reflection is where the growth happens, because this is where you examine all your failures and shortcomings so you can prevent them the next time you execute. What did you do well? What were you proud of? What didn’t you do well? Where did you mess up? What are you going to do differently next time?
These five questions are what you want to ask yourself at the end of each day, week, month and year. Perfection doesn’t exist so you’ll never reach it, but you can reach the best version of you and reflecting will bring you closer to that version of yourself each time you do it and apply the lessons.
I hope you all enjoyed this past month’s content because there are plenty more of these month long challenges coming in the future.
Love and Light,