Talk to Rena: New Beginnings

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Today is the first Sunday of 2020, the 5th day of the year to be exact. I hope that you are enjoying the new year and new beginnings. I am not going to lie, I use to be one of those people that despised the phrase "new year new me," but my feelings toward this phrase has changed. I use to struggle with change but I now embrace it and even look forward to it. I am not naive to think that old habits will magically disappear with the new year but new beginnings basically is saying new goals, new steps to old goals, new mindset, and a renewed attitude toward working toward your goals.

Many people make goals but what we don't do often is evaluate our goals. So, what are some of the things that should be done to evaluate goals. To set better goals and have better success in achieving goals I like to follow these 4 steps:

1. Write out the steps to each goal. What actions will you take to reach this goal? This step may require research. For example if you have a goal to lose weight but you are not sure the steps that you are going to use to reach that goal, you may want to research weight loss methods.

2. Examine what has worked and what has not worked. This could be what has worked for you in the past or what has worked for other people.

3. Identify supports toward each goal. This is simply answering the questions who, what, when, and where are going to help you reach this goal.

4. Include measurable factors like dead lines or frequency. This step help you measure progress.

Keep in mind that change starts inwardly. Therefore our behaviors will not change until our mind set change. With that being said, with each goal there should be prayers, meditation, fast, or just an increased consciousness that we partake in. Celebrate the small victories. For example, if you have a goal to wake up 30 minutes earlier for work but the first day you only wake up 10 minutes earlier, CELEBRATE THAT SIS!

You are the only person that know how difficult it is to make those changes so you can't wait for the next person to celebrate your progress. The more we acknowledge progress, big or small, the more excited we get to make more progress.Now when I say celebrate this is not the "I worked out so I deserve ice cream" type of celebration. It deserve some acknowledgement by mentioning it in a conversation or posting about it.

So now the part that we all been waiting on. *Ques drumroll* What are your 2020 goals? Use the 4 step evaluation to make your goals more specific. The annual vision board party is next weekend January 11, 2020 open to all WOKE members. I can not wait to talk about our goals and become a support for one another. Also, next week I will release my detailed 2020 goals using the 4 step goal evaluation. Stay tuned!

Quotes on change

"they say I changed like I worked this hard to stay the same." -Jay Z

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” – Winston Churchill

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama

“There is nothing permanent except change.” – Heraclitus

Scriptures that support change

An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. -Proverbs 18:15

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:6-7