As we prepare to enter a new season, what are you going to do to make this time in your life meaningful? Have you planned a much-needed vacation, decided to plant a flower garden, write your memoirs, a novel, short story or even a play? Have you given any thought to completing a project, your education, starting a hobby, career change, relocating, or even starting a small business? Now is the time to begin living with purpose and passion and focus on the “unfinished” or begin something new. Create a plan for how you will continue moving forward and several backup plans just in case you have a “just in case moment.” In 1967, the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated
this is the most important and crucial period of your lives, for what you do now and what you decide now at this age may well determine which way your life shall go. And the question is whether you have a proper, solid, and a sound blueprint.
Set short and long-term goals, and whatever you decide to pursue, schedule time to work on one of your goals each day, even if you can only spend a half hour doing so. Set a deadline for yourself and work hard to finish on time while maintaining a pace within your comfort range. Time, as you know is precious and priceless, so keep moving forward as you pursue your dreams and achieve goals. Consider undertaking something new and exciting find your passion and pursue it with confidence and great enthusiasm.
Life can be challenging at times and often our plans are detoured for various reasons. The most important thing to remember is to keep moving forward, stay focused and learn how to walk through the shallow, murky and deep waters, while maintaining your balance, focus and vision. If you must move forward taking small steps, then do so, on your time, at your pace and your comfort level. Just keep moving forward!
Remember, you are the master of your destiny, you are in control and know that any setbacks or curveballs that life may throw your way are “temporary.” As you move forward, remember to define and determine what success is to you and most importantly, do not allow others to define or determine your success. Take your time, take small steps, believe in yourself, and most importantly, keep moving forward.
John H. Johnson once stated, “if you can somehow think and dream of success in small steps, every time you make a step, every time you accomplish a small goal, it gives you confidence to go on from there.”
Until next week, keep moving forward.