Good Morning! How are we doing? Settled into the January routine yet? Feeling motivated and raring to go or flat and wishing it was Summer already?! January has started ok for us but we’re not really into the swing of things just yet. Most of the kids after school clubs and classes don’t start until next week so we’ve been enjoying a bit more family time in the evenings and getting a gradual start on the year.
I wanted to change up these Monday Motivation posts slightly for 2018 but wasn’t sure quite how. A few weeks into December and I was contemplating giving it up as I wasn’t sure how to keep it engaging. Then, like a little motivation fairy, a good friend gave me the perfect Christmas gift to keep me going for another whole year!
This is my fabulous motivation jar! There are 52 motivational quotes in here, one for every week of the year, to inspire my Monday motivation posts and hopefully inspire some of you too! In 2017 my Monday quotes were generally chosen to match how I was feeling that week or to motivate me in an area of my life so, to change it up, for 2018 I am going to pick a random quote from the jar and write something to hopefully give you a Monday morning boost. I am sure there will always be something that will resonate with someone and hopefully change their day for the better.
I have also decided, where appropriate, to design a printable to go along with the post. I love printables and spend hours saving new ones to my Pinterest account for me to print off and put up in the house – usually to match the seasons. They also make great gifts for friends – I found some brilliant photo paper in Poundland and, once framed, they look so effective and a framed quote can be a real uplift for someone on a bad day.
So today’s quote is pretty relevant for me right now and probably for many of you at the start of a new year. I quite often find myself wondering ‘what if’ and thinking what might have happened if I had done this differently or that differently. I’ve been working in employment law for the past 8 months and it can be so easy to look at cases where people have been treated similar to me in the past and think how I wish I had done more about it or found some help and advice rather than just stay in a job that I hated or just leave without sorting out the issue. As much as it’s important to learn from mistakes we have made in the past, dwelling on them does no-one any favours. I need to remind myself to keep looking forward. To keep focusing on my future and my goals and leave the past in the past.
Do you ever remember an event from the past where you did something you shouldn’t have or got into trouble for something and as soon as you remember it puts you right back in that moment? I do it all the time…I’ll just be generally thinking about stuff and a memory will pop into my head and I feel sick at the thought! Not that I’ve done many stupid things in my life but once the memory is there I find it very hard to shake it off. I fixate on it, thinking about how I could have dealt with the situation differently or how I would change it if I could. I guess doing this stops me from making those mistakes again but my fixation should be on where I am now and where I am going, not what has happened before.
So my aim for this week is to stop looking back. To focus on what’s ahead and be a better person for it! I hope you enjoy the slightly different style of Monday Motivation posts and that you find them useful. Download your free printable version of today’s Monday Motivation below and display it for all to see!
Have a brilliant week and I will see you same time, same place next week!