The month of March is my favorite month. March signifies that spring is right around the corner bringing with it longer days, flowers blooming, warmer weather and my birthday! I often spend the month of March reflecting on what I have accomplished during the first two months of the New Year and what I would like to get done for the remainder of my year.
Typically by March, most folks have given up on their New Year’s resolutions and have resorted back to their old ways of operating as they always have. If you are one of those people, I ask that you think of March as a time to reset and start again.
There are ten months left in the year – that’s 43 weeks and 304 days to make an impactful shift in your life. You can accomplish a ton in that time. So why does it seem that by the time we are getting ready for the holidays in December that none of our resolutions have been met? The answer is simple – you made a choice.
As a child I couldn’t wait to be an adult so I could make my own choices. I look at my daughter now and I see how irritated she gets when she doesn’t get to make her own choices about her bedtime or her weekend plans. But I also see in her the problem that we as adults face when it comes to making choices. Sometimes you just want someone to make the choice for you.
Choosing is stressful and scary. What if I take the wrong job offer? What if I move to another state and I don’t make new friends? What if I start a business and don’t get any clients? What if I start a blog and no one reads it? Ugh. With so many grown up choices to make sometimes it’s easier to make no choice at all.
I know that I told you in an earlier post that reading Barbara Sher’s book, Refuse to Choose, helped free me from having to make just one choice about what to do with my grown up life. And this is true. I love doing a lot of things and most of them have nothing to do with work and making money. But because I have a multitude of interests and I have a multitude of grown up responsibilities, I regularly reflect on my life’s choices to ensure that I am not letting life run me, but instead I am using my time and energy doing all the things I want to do because I want to do them – not because I have to do them.
Rather than let life continually pass you by, use the month of March and the coming of spring as the time to revisit those things you said you wanted to accomplish at the start of 2018. There’s still time – lots of time – and you can choose to be fully present and awake to the choices you make to help you accomplish whatever it is you set out to do on January 1st.