Last night I went to bed last night praying for clarity and direction for the next 5 – 10 years. The phrase that immediately came to me as I opened my eyes this morning was “changing lanes,” almost as if God was whispering in my ear. Lately, I’ve been feeling like I’m starting over (again), but today, it became clear – I’m not starting over; I’m “changing lanes.”
But what does that mean?
For me, it signifies a deliberate shift in focus within my current journey – a conscious choice to steer towards something bigger – more impactful.
I’ll admit. I’m not 100% sure what this shift will entail. However, one thing that was also made clear is that I must share this journey. It’s my way of being accountable, and rather than recounting stories of the past, I want to invite others to join me in real time to witness the raw, unfiltered narrative as it unfolds.
Lately, I’ve often found myself trapped in the belief that I need to have all the answers before I can open up to others. Maybe it’s my fear of being judged or my struggle with self-doubt that keeps me from fully embracing vulnerability. Well, that trap has been removed because I am FULLY EXPOSED now. And I’m (oddly) finding comfort in that. Weird, I know.
So, I gotta get everyone reading/following me in this journey up to speed. Let’s start with my BHAG (big hairy audacious goals) for the next 14 months:
- Reaching 150 lbs by December 31, 2024
- Building a community of 208 Extraordinary Entrepreneurs by December 31, 2024
- Unveiling a New York Times Best-Selling Book by December 31, 2024
- Hosting a Top 5 Rated Podcast by December 31, 2024
- Embracing the role of a Professional Speaker by December 31, 2024
These are HUGE goals, I know. But, I firmly believe that if God has planted the seed, He has made a way. My ultimate plan, in its simplicity – pray like it’s up to God and work like it’s up to me.
To hold myself accountable, I’ve set up a weight loss tracker and an activity tracker, understanding that while I can’t control the outcomes, I have power over my actions. My focus must be on the things within my control – on the activity, not the results.
It’s super important for me to keep things easy and doable. I want to make sure I can actually reach my goals. By keeping things real and tracking my progress, I’m making sure I’m taking care of myself in a way that feels good and makes sense for me.
The weight loss tracker will keep tabs on the essentials:
- Initial weight
- And monthly weigh-ins
- I track my daily food intake on an app on my phone called “Macros”
As for the activity tracker, it’ll monitor the following…
- Sleeping hours from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am
- Meditation session from 6:15 am to 6:45 am
- Morning walk from 6:45 am to 7:05 am
- Swimming routine from 7:05 am to 7:35 am
- Daily water intake of 128 oz
Truthfully, I’ve been hitting my health target for 2(ish) months now, so I feel like I’ve finally created some strong habits.
Daily business tasks:
- Write My Book
- Write (This) Blog Entry
- Monitor My Facebook Ads
Weekly business tasks:
- 5 Social Media Posts
- 2 Organic Video Posts
- 1 Solo Podcast
- 1 Interview Podcast
- 3 Emails a Week
- 10 Social Media Comments
Monthly business tasks:
- 1 Speaking Opportunity
Some of these items require some decisions and setup that need to happen first, so I’m giving myself until November 1st before I check those off the list. And the goal is to batch some of those items, so I don’t have to try and squeeze all those tasks into my daily workday.
What can you expect from me?
I’ll be posting a “journal entry” every day chronicling my experiences, learnings, and insights. It’s a way for me to reflect on my progress, celebrate my victories, and acknowledge my challenges. Through this daily practice, I hope to inspire others to embrace their own journeys, to recognize that growth is not always linear and that each step forward, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction. This is something that has personally taken me years to acknowledge and accept.
While the idea of putting myself out there in such an open and vulnerable way is a little overwhelming, I’ve come to realize that true growth stems from moments of authenticity and courage. So, I’m choosing to lean into the discomfort, to be transparent about my fears and uncertainties, and to celebrate my triumphs and breakthroughs publically.
Maybe no one will care – but I do. And that’s all that matters.
The road will be uncertain, but I’m looking forward to the opportunity to evolve, learn, and become the best version of myself over the next 433 days.
“See” you again tomorrow!