I’m going to get a little personal today...but it’s a story I am 99.9% sure you can relate to, at least a little!
For the past year, I was working on a MAJOR goal I set for myself, which was to receive my LCSW (License in Clinical Social Work). I worked over 150 hours of clinical supervision for over three years, all I that was left was to study, and take the test. Sounds way right?!
To be 100% transparent, it felt almost TOO BIG to be realistic. But it was important for me to give in to negative self-talk, so I started putting my plan together on how when I was going to study.
I mapped out a clear, step-by-step plan for myself to make it happen; and then I put that plan into action!
It wasn’t long before I started making some pretty progress. I studied for over eight months in a clinical prep group daily, took study test, listened to material daily and started feeling confident about taking my test.
Chile, then, the pandemic happened, and everything around us went on hold.
I was approved by the board of ASWB to take my test, a week before the pandemic really went into effect. As you know, nothing was open or operating...especially not testing centers. That was the last thing on anyone’s mind, including me, to be honest.
Test centers and registration were unavailable and for some reason, I felt like the actuality of accomplishing my goal was at a complete halt. I actually started dreading the entire process of studying and enjoying the life of quarantine.
Honestly, the same things I used to look forward to weren't exciting anymore, and I lost that fire to keep pushing through when things got tough.
One day I had a HARD talk with myself and I finally realized what the problem was.
The problem wasn’t the plan or the work that needed to get done…the problem was that STOPPED working on my MINDSET.
I got comfortable y'all! I stopped doing the same things I was doing before that kept me inspired and focused.
Before, I was listening to podcasts, reading books, and watching videos every day.
It made ALL THE DIFFERENCE for me, more than I realized – they kept me feeling positive, focused, and excited about my progress.
When I got comfortable and stopped paying as much attention to them, things started to fall apart.
It ALL starts with your mindset!
What are YOU doing to keep yourself inspired everyday? How are you staying focused?
Are you making it a priority? Have you gotten comfortable?
Challenge: I recommend setting a DAILY habit/goal to read, watch, or listen to something that inspires you! Even for just 5-10 minutes, let it be something towards your goals, dreams, or simply personal growth.
This is one of those things that has huge compound returns on your investment :-)
If you want to dive in a little deeper, some of my favorite books about habits are:
● Atomic Habits by James Clear
● Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg
● The 5-Second Rule by Mel Robbins
NOTHING is out of reach in your life.
As Walt Disney says, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
And I can help you to get there, put a plan together, and also keep you inspired and focused along the way.
There’s no better time than RIGHT NOW!
I’m committed to your success to #SimplyBE, please don’t hesitate to contact me for a consultation this week!