There is something about a new month, new week, new day etc. It really just brings this ray of hope and the feeling of ‘I can try again.’ It is the start of the second half of the year and there is that euphoria, almost like at the beginning of the year. A lot of reflection on how the first half has been and what to look forward to in the second half.
I am going to share a framework to help you ride on the wave of this feeling versus letting it pass and not working with it. We would call it the RST2 framework (cool innit)
1. Be Thankful: It is time to pause and count your blessings. A popular hymn chorus says “count your blessings, name them one by one, count your blessings see what God has done, count your blessings name them one by one and it will surprise you what the Lord has done” (I in fact think you need to google the words to the verses too). In this season of newness, be thankful for the seemingly little things – the gift of life, friends, restrictions being lifted, travelling becoming a thing again. There is definitely something to be thankful for, look for it and find it. Celebrate it no matter how little
2. Take Stock: Now time to track how the year, month, week or day has been so far. What did you set out to achieve? For simplicity purposes, I will stick to using the first half of the year as my example. How did each month of the year play out – any highlights? setbacks? new relationships in your life? mistakes made? . Here is a template by a friend developed https://mailchi.mp/622a116a95ca/taking-stock-2020. I also have a template in this post to ease your taking stock process.
3. Re-Strategize: Now that we have seen clearly what went well and what did not go well. It is time to restrategize on how things can go better going forward. Re-adjust your previous goals, make them simpler or set more action plans. This post should help with setting up goals in the SMART way. I will suggest focusing on one or two things per month as sometimes having too many things at once causes us to lose steam.
4. Decide to STAY the course: Riding on emotions can only get us so far, you’d need discipline to stay the course. So after the euphoria of the newness is gone, you need something else to stay the path of your goal/desire. Think about the end and how you will feel when it is achieved. Take a break when you need to but make sure to tell yourself you will stick to the process as that is the most important thing. You might also need inspiration along the way so get that tool kit ready – playlist of your best songs, best speakers etc.
Thank you for reading. Until next blogpost, stay embracing the lessons in your life.
Temiloluwa a.k.a TemiDimples 🙂