Are you limiting Yourself?

When the kids go back to school in September and all the supplies are out, I always think of a fresh start.   As a former teacher, I would always get a new planner that was organized June-June of the next year.  So for me, September really signifies starting over.  It is a great month to re-evaluate your goals and see where you’re at before you get to December and you haven’t accomplished enough.  You may not even realize it, but sometimes subconsciously things creep in such as fear.  These things really limit our ability to succeed.  You need to ask the tough questions.  Are you limiting yourself and what are those obstacles currently standing in your way?

I’m sure you’ve heard the quote “knowledge is power.”  Well that is true. You don’t want to sit around and research your topic for 7 years until you know everything there is to know about it and then start your business.  You will never know everything about your topic.  Once you get things under control I can guarantee something will change or evolve and you will have to relearn a skill as you go.  I guess I’m going to use Nike’s slogan and say “just do it!”  You can’t wait until you’re thinnest, most experienced, or without fear to move forward.  You will never make progress that way.  Remember that small progress is still progress.  At least you are moving forward and that is how you reach your goals.

Unfortunately I tend to be an all or nothing kind of person.  If I am in a project I give it all of my attention and do it to the best of my ability.  I eat, sleep, and dream it.  However, the bad part about that is my husband says I tend to let other things slide because I’m working so hard and putting my attention into one area.  So remember life is about balance.  I have to remember this too in every aspect of my life.

Think about your priorities and what has to get done.  Have your long term goals and things you can get done in a week and a month as well.  I try to have 3 projects for the week and then a running master list that I can go to when I finish my goals for the week.   It is a lot easier to work from a schedule.  When I blogged without a set schedule it was a hot mess.  I would go to my office every day and take about an hour to get organized because it was hard to remember where I left off and how I was going to start my days.  Now, I know what I’m to do each day of the week and what the focuses are.

All of these little things add up to make it easier for you to move forward with intention.  They bring about change and confidence so your self talk is positive and not so negative.  What we tell ourselves goes a long way into how we feel and act on a daily basis.  Your September can go smoothly as can the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holidays.  Good luck over the next couple of months. I have a lot of great content coming up with the holidays right around the corner.

4 thoughts on “Are you limiting Yourself?

  1. Jenn, I like to set small goals with a large goal in mind. I love checking the small goals off the list and before long, I’ve reached my bigger goals.

    1. Connie, That is great advice! I like the thought of taking a big goal and breaking it into smaller pieces. It’s more manageable that way. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I hope you have a great school year!

  2. Great read for this time of year. “Do the thing, and you will have the power.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, One of my favorite quotes, and one that has been my mantra lately. Another one I have been repeating to myself is “Do what you are doing.” When I try to do too many things at once, I accomplish nothing to my standard. I find I am much more productive and focused when I take the time to do each thing on its own.

    1. Emily,
      I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks for sharing those quotes! My snapchats are motivational quotes 75% of the time. I’m sure my family thinks I’m a walking billboard. I hope your first day of school goes smoothly this year!

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