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Audrey Marlene's YES Ezine
February 16, 2008

Happy February to you!

February Momemtum

Many of us may have achieved success in the past years and will continue just where we left off this year. Others may not have achieved their goals and are faced with some tough decisions. Some are having a difficult time as they attempt to get their momentum going this month. If you are having a slow start there are some basic things you can do.

First, go back in time to identify the lessons needed to be learned. The experiences we have had good or bad are life lessons to guide us in making better choices for the future.

  • Look back to where you may have faltered. Try to identify where you went wrong.
  • Identify areas where you excelled. Build upon these strengths and see this is as a positive attribute.
  • Identify areas where you struggled. Determine if you need help in this area or if you should abandon this idea. Decide on the kind of help you need, maybe a consultant, taking a course, returning to school, or a coach.
  • Look back at the unfinished tasks. How important were these tasks to you? How could you have made greater progress? Determine what was needed to complete them and if outside help would have been the solution.
  • Look back on your emotional state of health. Were you emotionally stable? Is there something in your past that needs to be resolved that may be getting in the way?
  • Is there something you recognize that prevented you from moving forward - maybe an illness, addiction, or a bad relationship? If so, it's time to face the truth and seek the help you need.

    Next, decide right now how you want to feel this time next year. If you are feeling accomplished, you know you have a winning formula. Keep at it and keep fine tuning it so you can continue these feelings. If you are feeling disappointed, think about how you would like to feel and think about how you can avoid these feelings. Try to identify the elements that may have caused this.

  • Analyze the choices you made. Was it some poor choices that led to your feelings of disappointment? How could you have made better choices and what would they be? If you had made these better choices would it have changed the outcome and would you be feeling disappointed today?
  • What can you do today to avoid feeling disappointed this time next year? Make a list.
  • Indicate the things that interfere with your ability to feel satisfied, accomplished, or successful? How do you plan to cope with these elements that impede you progress?
  • How do you want to feel this time next year? Do you want to feel accomplished, empowered? Write it down on a large piece of paper and be reminded each day of this. How do you plan to feel this? How badly do you want to feel this?

    In order to get your momentum going, it is critical that you identify the fears that seeped into your previous plans. By recognizing these fears you are better positioned to take action to overcome them. If you are unaware of the fears that held you back in the past they can continue to sabotage any plans you may be making for this year.

    Take a look at the fears that interfered with your progress last year. What were you afraid of?

  • Was it a fear of success?
  • A fear of making mistakes?
  • A fear of not being good enough?
  • A lack of self-confidence that injected fear and caused you to doubt your abilities?
  • A fear of making wrong choices?
  • A fear of being rejected?

    Once you are familiar with your fears envision them removed from your success equation and foresee how further along you would be in achieving your goals without them. This can give you the motivation you need to conquer your fears. Once the fears are gone you are ready to move ahead on your journey of great accomplishments this year.

    As you gain the momentum you need to accomplish your goals, I pray that you will achieve the kind of success you aspire to this year. Remember, that although society’s competitive approach to accomplishing your goals is focused on "winning", it is important take care of your physical health, maintain emotional stability and keep in mind the importance of feeding your spiritual need so your soul can be content.

    Here's To Your Success!

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