Now that I've caught up on all the sleep I lost during that first week of Daylight Savings Time...a little something about springing forward into your future...
I loathe Daylight Savings Time. I don’t believe anyone should have that much power over the time. And let’s get real. Does it really serve a purpose these days? Other than to make all of us incredibly sleep deprived and irritable when we have to ‘spring forward’ and lose an hour of sleep. An hour…that’s a whole lot of sleep to be losing.
But I love spring. Well, I really enjoy it and like it a lot. I don’t really love it. I’m more of a lover of summer and fall. Those two seasons equals bliss. I like what spring represents. New growth, new life, the good riddance fond farewell to the winter chill. Spring’s nice like that…when it finally shows up.
Another thing I like about spring is the idea of springing into what the future holds. What better time than spring, right? And if I have to spring forward (someone please eliminate Daylight Savings Time…please.) I want to spring forward into my future.
How do we do that? I have some thoughts on the subject.
First, take a look back at your New Year’s Resolutions. Pull them out of the recesses of your mind, dust them off, and take a good long look at them. Were these relevant goals you listed? Or did you scribble them out (or think them up) in the heat of the moment when everyone was asking you what yours was going to be?
If they were real goals you believe in, how are you doing on them? Have you achieved them? Maybe you’ve made a little progress and want to keep going. Remember, any bit of progress is progress. Keep plugging along. If your resolutions have lost their luster, consider coming up with new ones that have more meaning to you. It doesn’t mean you failed, it just means you’ve started over.
Second, re-evaluate where you want to be by December 31, 2015. Maybe you’ve found more drive and determination than you thought you had. Or perhaps you’ve discovered you need to take things a bit slower or that you need to take a new path altogether. Whichever the case may be, take some time to consider where you are and what you’re able to accomplish this year. Don’t beat yourself up if you’ve got to slow down or find an alternate path. Life does that to us sometimes. It’s about how we roll with the punches.
Third, give yourself a pep talk. Sure, pep talks are often given by cheerleaders and coaches, but if you can’t convince yourself, those other folks might not be able to convince you either. Take a step back, look in the mirror, and remind yourself of how great you are. Remember all those past challenges you’ve encountered and made it through? Remember when you didn’t give up? What about the time you did give up for a minute before getting back on the horse? You’ve got this.
Finally, choose a reward for your progress. Experiencing consequences when you fall behind or fail completely is no fun. But getting paid for making As in school? Getting the gold star for your hard work? Crossing that finish line after running the race? The trophy you can hardly lift because it’s so big? Yeah, rewards are where it’s at. They help you keep your eye on the prize.
Daylight Savings Time is an evil conspiracy, but if we spend time springing forward into our futures, we might be able to look past the fact that we’ve lost an hour of our day.
Okay, I’ll still be reminded of the fact that I’m sleep deprived and irritable. But at least, I’ll be working on my new goal. Which is how to destroy Daylight Savings Time once and for all.
What does your future hold? Life gets in the way sometimes and tosses us curve balls, but we still get the chance to have an impact on what we want our lives to look like. Are you going to spring forward into your future today?