When I decided to start blogging at the first of the year, I thought this would be a great way to hold myself accountable for my three words, CONNECT, TRAIN, ENJOY, and chronicle my progress through the year. Simple, right?
What I've discovered instead, is that this blog is more important than that. Writing has helped me work through some challenges, and keeps me focused in the right direction. It's very easy to sink into negativity and frustration when things get tough. I feel like I've been hanging on by my fingernails lately, and having to force myself to "look at the bright side" instead of falling into a hole.
Amazingly, writing this blog has helped me ask more right questions - instead of "why is this happening to me?" I'm asking "how can I make this situation better?"
I have been reading the book QBQ: The Question Behind the Question by John G. Miller, which has definitely spurred better questions and more personal accountability. I highly recommend this book because it helps diminish the tendency to be defensive and blaming, and promotes a higher sense of teamwork and productivity.
Talking to a dear friend today also boosted my self-confidence, and helped cheer me up. Some friends just know what you need when, right? Love those relationships - that's when the CONNECT comes into play.
I have had no problem with TRAIN - running every day and adding to my workouts - and working on training for work.
What I struggle with the most is ENJOY. Of my three words, that is the hardest for me to accomplish. But you know what? This week I will work hard so that I "won't give in" to the negativity, and will do what I can to make my situation better. My goal this week is to seek some ways to ENJOY.
What are you focused on to improve your situation?