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Volume 13, Issue 03: Focus on Habits

By this time in the new year, many people are still excited about the goals they have set for the new year, still hopeful of attaining success where they have done poorly before. However, most people fail to follow through on their goals by embracing the necessary habits and making the lifestyle adjustments to achieve optimal results.

Goals are good, but they don't get you where you want to go. What gets results is goal-oriented habits. Therefore, to get better results, one must build better habits. New habits in the right direction translate to a new lifestyle, which lived overtime, produces new results.

"New goals don't deliver new results. New lifestyles do. And a lifestyle is a process, not an outcome. For this reason, all of your energy should go into building better habits, not chasing better results." James Clear.

Placing a lot of emphasis on results, especially during the initial stages of pursuing a goal can lead to abandoning the goal all together when results aren't forthcoming. It takes time and repeated effort to start seeing results. Therefore, once you figure out what it takes to get the results you want, keep your focus on that instead.

If you are serious about getting better results with your goals this year, focus on building better habits and making the necessary lifestyle adjustments that come with new habits. Be willing to be comfortable with the discomfort that accompanies the initial stages of habit formation and lifestyle change.

 

For His Glory,

Lillian Chebosi

 

 

Volume 13, Issue 02: Take Stock

Did you take time to pause and reflect at the end last year? In case you didn't, it's not too late to do so now. The time is still right to take stock of your achievements from the ended year before settling into the new year.

Take stock of your accomplishments for last year. What were your achievements? What were your challenges? What lessons did you learn that you need to embrace in the new year? In what areas did you experience growth? Where do you need to make improvements?

Once you do this, you will be on the right footing to set the stage for a successful year ahead. You will be in a position to set intentional goals and start building habits that will lead to the achievement  of your new goals.

 

For His Glory,

Lillian Chebosi

 

Volume 13, Issue 01: A Good Start

Compliments of the new year!

As we endeavor to double down on what worked well last year, we can't help but be fixated on the areas where we struggled to perform and deliver on. As such, you may be tempted to start by going all out on your problem areas. But I am afraid that is not the way to go. That route is likely to get you burnt out faster than you can imagine.

Starting by drafting simple improvements that you can make immediately is the way to go, taking simple steps in the immediate term and progressively increasing them as you go. What you want to do at the start is build consistency and discipline, as well as celebrate every milestone you hit to encourage you to keep going.

Give yourself a chance at making it this year. You mostly likely did well in some areas. Don't let fixating on the areas you did poorly on get you off on a shaky start. I believe starting the year with immediate wins is the way to go. As such, I recommend first doubling down on what worked well and taking baby steps on improving what did not work so well.

This is not to say that you are not going to go all in to succeed where you failed last year. It is about ensuring you get a footing in the game, rather than risk not having any chance at succeeding at all. Once you master the art of showing up, then you can make progressive improvements.

James Clear put it across precisely when he wrote, "Forget about peak performance. Would your results improve if you simply focused on being reliable in the normal moments? Show up when it's easy to skip. Do the fundamentals and do them well. And so on. Before you make it complicated, remember there are always simple improvements waiting to be made."

 

For His Glory,

Lillian Chebosi

 

 

Volume 12, Issue 47: Let Go

If you are anything like me, the curtains for 2023 are drawing to a close with a few incomplete projects, or missed opportunities or failures. How are you feeling about it?

We must cut ourselves some slack, pardon ourselves and let go. If we are going to start the new year on a right footing, we first need to let go of this year's failures and successes.

Let go of this year's failures and disappointments. As you gear up to do better and go further next year, don't limit yourself to the best you were able to accomplish this year. Just because you didn't hit the mark in some of your pursuits this year doesn't mean that you can't surpass expectations next year.

You are not defined by your failures. Give yourself permission to dream bigger next year. You can do better. You can go further next year.

 

For His Glory,

Lillian Chebosi

 

 

Volume 12, Issue 46: Hang In There

A recent experience reminded me of the importance of hanging in there when a new experience feels hard. When you start something new such as a new discipline or a new occupation or a job change or a move to a new location, what you feel at first is excitement. But in some cases, the excitement wares off and in its place comes a feeling of something negative.

Things may start off hard at the beginning of a new experience. In my case, it was homesickness once the excitement of the short-term relocation for work wore off. I still don't know how to describe the feeling, but I felt a strong sense of sadness and loneliness especially over the weekends. It was nothing like I had ever felt before. I prayed my way through it. Otherwise I would have quit and taken the next flight back home.

By the third weekend, by the grace of God, my homesickness had worn off. Reflecting on this experience today made me appreciate the importance of hanging in there when it's hard. Some experiences may start off hard, but if the experience is right for you, it will get easier with time. You will even start to blossom and to thrive.

I have learnt that where God directs, he also provides. And His provision knows no bounds. Just to mention a few, God provides healing and a glad heart in the place of heaviness. He provides resources and opportunities in the place of lack. He provides hope in the place of despair.

Are there situations in your life this past year that when you think of now, you see the handiwork of God? Were there any experiences in your path this year that started off hard but you persevered through and eventually got easy?

 

For His Glory,

Lillian Chebosi