Monthly Recap: August 2016

The weather doesn't feel like Fall, but the word Septmeber reminds me of Back-to-School, pumpkin flavored everything and shorter days.  Summer always flies by, much more quickly than winter at least, but 2016 seemed to go by more quickly than other years as well.  It was a busy one professionally and personally, but when years fly by this quickly, it makes me nervous that time will speed up more and more each year. Here's what the last month looked like for me.

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Well, Hello 2017.

We are officially 2/3 of the way into 2016 -- in less than half that amount of time, 2017 will be rushing in just as quickly as the last few years.  With each passing year, time moves more quickly than the preceding one.  There are days when I wish there was a pause button, don't you? Or, better yet, sometimes a "redo" button! But, my friends, today is the day we decide how the rest of our 2016 will go... Ready? 

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Dream a little dream...

Have you ever had a dream that you kept all to yourself? Be it a goal, an idea or a challenge that began in your head and made it's way into your heart? It's all yours.  You've kept it quiet, for fear of ridicule, nay-sayers, or those who think that it can't be done.

Once it bounces around in your head for a bit, it sets in.  At first, it sounds crazy, even to you.  You're not sure that it's possible, although you really like the "idea" of the challenge.  Then, once it's been implanted for  awhile, you begin, without knowing it, to make plans.  You strategize on how you can turn this dream into a reality.

The "idea" then settles in your heart. The roller coaster ride begins.  Excitement, elation, and joy... you are happy and ready for this new challenge! This is great! Then BOOM, every positive emotion is quickly replaced by fear, uncertainty and doubt. Maybe I don't really want to do this. It sounded great, but the doubt that is now replacing the excitement is telling you, screaming for you to stop.  So, what do you do?

You do something about it... turn your can't into cans, and your dreams into plans.

Most people who are successful have stood in your shoes, be it in business, fitness or fun.  Find someone you look up to and ask them what they did, to get where they are now.

Is it a business goal? Find someone who has what you want and ask them how they got there.  Through all of my travels and meeting highly successful people, I've noticed that those who are successful in business are always working, be it in their office or at a black tie event.  They attend for an hour or so, are never drinking heavily and are building relationships.

Is it fitness? Do the same.  Ask them their routine, what they eat for breakfast and how much sleep they get each night.

Fashion? Find someone who is your size and has a style you like. If you know them, ask them to come shopping with you.  If you don't know them, take notice of the different silhouettes, the colors they wear and where the patterns are placed on their clothes.

Do it. Today. Squeeze every drop out of today, because you don't know what tomorrow is going to look like, and yesterday has come and gone.  You have the power, you just need a plan.