“ME, MYSELF & MONDAY”

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SET YOUR SHIP TO SAIL AND REACH YOUR MOTIVATING HARBOR!!!

GOOD MORNING READERS AND MAY THIS BLOG FIND YOU IN THANKFUL AND GRATEFUL SPIRITS!

Today I will dedicate my blog to “ME, MYSELF & MONDAY”, where I will share a MOTIVATIONAL EXERCISE that aims at strategies and methods to reach your goals. Several years ago I created this activity with an objective for individuals to identify all barriers and distractions in their life, that limit the focus of achieving the ultimate goal. Many of us have a tendency to reach a fork in the road, setback, detour, unexpected circumstances and procrastination, that keeps us from pursuing our dreams. Think about the things that you have encountered in your life, in the midst of your daily routine and participate in this exercise for your own MOTIVATION AND INSPIRATION!

“SET YOUR SHIP TO SAIL, DESTINATION: MOTIVATING HARBOR”

I have designed a plan that maps out your obstacles based on the basic areas of life, compared to the obstacles that a Ship may encounter on their journey toward the destination. Taking these two different sets of elements, my objective is to allow you to identify the areas that need work and improvement, in order for your ship to reach your harbor. I deeply encourage you all to try this activity and hopefully it will open your eyes to some changes that need to be made in your life, just like it did me. To give you a better understanding of what I have created, I will share with you my version of this exercise based on my life. Be open minded, honest, genuine and receptive to what areas that you yourself need to work on!

 

STEP 1: YOUR INFORMATION

NAME YOUR SHIP: USAFAMILIA

NAME YOUR MOTIVATING HARBOR: BED & BREAKFAST INN OWNER

 

STEP 2: REVIEW THE LIFE AND SHIP OBSTACLES

LIFE AREA OBSTACLES: 1. INDIVIDUALITY               

2. OCCUPATION

3. FAMILY & HOME

4. EDUCATION

5. COMMUNITY

SHIP OBSTACLES: 1. ANCHOR

2. ICE BERG

3. MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION

4. STORM

5. HIGH WAVES

ANCHOR = A HOLD DOWN OR A STABLE ENVIORNMENT

ICEBERG = A PART OF EARTH THAT IS NOT MOVED

MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION = REPAIR THAT NEEDS ATTENDING TO

STORM = HEAVY RAIN WEATHER THAT COULD BE DANGEROUS

HIGH WAVES = RAPID WATER WITH DANGEROUS CONDITIONS

 

STEP 3: MATCH YOUR LIFE AREA OBSTACLES WITH THE OBSTACLES TO YOUR SHIP

1. INDIVIDUALITY…………………………………………..ANCHOR

2. OCCUPATION………………………………………………HIGH WAVES

3. FAMILY & HOME…………………………………………STORM

4. EDUCATION………………………………………………..MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION

5. COMMUNITY……………………………………………….ICEBERG

 

STEP 4: EXPLAIN WHY YOU MATCHED EACH OBSTACLE WITH THE OTHER OBSTACLE.

1. INDIVIDUALITY/ ANCHOR:

WHEN I FIRST CREATED THIS EXERCISE, THIS OBSTACLE WAS MY HOLD BACK AND AT THIS TIME IN MY LIFE, IT IS THE STABLE ENVIRONMENT THAT I MAINTAIN. IT TOOK ME A WHILE TO GET TO THIS POINT IN MY LIFE, BECAUSE I WAS THE ONE HOLDING MYSELF BACK FROM ACHIEVING THE GOALS I SET IN MY LIFE. WE MUST LOOK AT THE DEEPER SELF WHEN IT COMES TO THIS AREA OF LIFE AND SHIP OBSTACLE. REMEMBER THAT IT CAN HOLD YOU BACK FROM YOUR GOALS, OR CAN BE THAT STABLE FOUNDATION FOR YOU TO BEGIN TO BUILD AS YOU WORK ON YOUR GOALS.

2. OCCUPATION/ HIGH WAVES:

WITH MANY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN THE WORK FORCE, THIS AREA OF MY LIFE HAS BEEN AN UP AND DOWN HILL BATTLE. SOME POSITIONS WERE GREAT WHILE OTHERS WERE JUST STEPPING STONES. BUT WHEN I MADE THE INITIATIVE TO AIM TOWARD A CAREER, I BEGIN TO SEE A SHIFT IN MY WORKING PATTERNS. I NO LONGER JUST TOOK A JOB TO HAVE INCOME, I MADE IT MY BUSINESS TO ONLY APPLY FOR POSITIONS THAT WERE IN MY FIELD OF CAREER OR COULD ENHANCE THE SKILLS I CURRENTLY POSSESS. YES IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE A SOURCE OF INCOME, BUT IT’S NOT OKAY TO WASTE YOUR TIME OR OTHER COMPANIES TIME BECAUSE YOU DON’T LIKE THE JOB. TAKE THE ADVANTAGE OF THE CHOICE THAT YOU HAVE AND WORK IN POSITIONS THAT YOU DO WHAT YOU LOVE OR ENJOY, BECAUSE YOU WILL STAY LONGER AND PERFORM BETTER. EVENTUALLY YOU WILL LAND THE POSITION, IN THE CAREER FIELD, OF YOUR CHOICE AND MAKE THE INCOME TO TAKES YOU TO THE NEXT LEVEL. UNFORTUNATELY I AM CURRENTLY STUCK AT THIS POINT, DUE TO NOT HAVING THE TOTAL FINANCES TO REACH MY DESTINATION HARBOR. BUT TRUST AND BELIEVE I AM NOT JUST GIVING UP BECAUSE I HAVE A PLAN AND A MAP!

3. FAMILY & HOME/ STORM:

BEING A MOTHER HAS SHOWN ME THAT EVEN AFTER MY 40’S, I AM STILL LEARNING ABOUT PARENTING AND WHEN IT COMES TO THIS AREA, YOU CAN NEVER REALLY PREDICT MOTHER NATURE. HARD TIMES AND TRAUMATIC SITUATIONS HIT ALL FAMILIES AND MANY EFFORTS ARE MADE TO SURPASS THOSE CHALLENGING MOMENTS. WHEN CHAOS HITS HOME AND YOU FIND YOURSELF IN THE MIDST OF IT’S DESTRUCTION, YOU CHOOSE TO FIGHT FOR THOSE YOU LOVE AND PRAY FOR POSITIVE OUTCOMES. IF YOU FIND YOURSELF CAUGHT IN THE RAIN, WITHOUT AN UMBRELLA, WHAT DO YOU DO, DEAL WITH THE COLD AND WETNESS, UNTIL YOU ARE ABLE TO SEEK SHELTER WHILE THIS PASSES. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO JUST STOP THE MADNESS AT ONCE, BUT YOU UTILIZE METHODS AND STRATEGIES THAT AIDE IN YOU MAKING IT THROUGH. TALK CALMLY, BE RATIONAL, DON’T PANIC OR BECOME FRUSTRATED AND MOST IMPORTANTLY FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE THAT YOU WANT TO SEE. RESPECT ALL VIEWS, APOLOGIZE WHEN NECESSARY AND FORGIVE WITHOUT HESITATION, ALL WHILE BEING PATIENT FOR THIS TO BLOW OVER OR BE RESOLVED.

4. EDUCATION/ MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION

WITH JUST 30 CREDITS AWAY FROM MY BACHELORS DEGREE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, MY FINANCIAL AID FUNDS HAVE BEEN EXHAUSTED AND I AM UNABLE TO FINISH AT THIS TIME. AS I WILL MAKE CONTINUOUS EFFORTS TOWARD COMPLETING MY COURSE AND GRADUATING, I BECOME INSPIRED BY LOOKING AT HOW FAR I HAVE COME. UNDERSTANDING THAT THIS IS AN AREA THAT I HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO SURPASS, YET, MY MISSION AND JOURNEY TOWARD MY DESTINATION CONTINUES AND WILL NOT STOP UNTIL I HAVE REACHED MY GOAL. WHAT IT DOES DO IS HELP ME TO IDENTIFY WHERE I NEED TO APPLY MORE FOCUS AND EFFORTS ON, IN REGARDS TO OBTAINING THE DESIRED ACHIEVEMENT. I FEEL GOOD TO KNOW THAT THIS CAN BE FIXED AND CORRECTED, BECAUSE IT IS REPAIRABLE (ACHIEVABLE) AND A MUST TO GET BACK ON MY JOURNEY. IN THE MEAN TIME TO NOT STEER AWAY FROM CONSISTENT LEARNING, I AM ALWAYS STIMULATING MY MIND WITH RESEARCH AND KNOWLEDGE IN THE DESIRED CAREER CHOICE OF “BED & BREAKFAST OWNER”!

5. COMMUNITY/ ICEBERG

WE ARE NOT ABLE TO CHANGE EVERYONE IN SOCIETY, BUT WE MOST DEFINITELY HAVE THE ADVANTAGE OF CHANGING OURSELVES. THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND PEOPLE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO BE MOVED, BUT JUST LIKE WHEN YOU SEE A HOLE IN THE GROUND, YOU GO AROUND THEM. SOMETIMES IT DOES BECOME DIFFICULT TO AVOID CERTAIN SCENARIOS WITHIN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, BUT YOU DO HAVE THE OPTION TO CHOOSE TO NOT GET INVOLVED IN ILLEGAL OR NEGATIVE ACTIVITY. IN ADDITION, YOUR POSITIVE ENERGY CAN BE SO STRONG THAT YOU CAN SHED SOME ON THEIR SOUL AND NOT EVEN BE BOTHERED. THERE ARE MANY THINGS AND SITUATIONS THAT OCCUR IN MY AREA AND SOME ARE VERY DANGEROUS, BUT WITH AN ARMOR OF FAITH ON AND A BODY COVERED WITH THE SON, I PROCEED ON WITH WHAT IT IS I MUST ATTEND TO. FROM GENUINE GREETINGS, POSITIVE ENERGY, DEEP PRAYERS, WISE DECISION MAKING AND MY BELIEF IN GOD, I AM SO THANKFUL TO EVEN BE HERE TO MAKE THIS BLOG!

 

STEP 5: REVIEW AND RECAP YOUR MAP TO YOUR DESTINATION

LOOKING AT MY PLAN I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO IDENTIFY MY AREAS THAT NEED IMPROVEMENT AND THE POSITION I AM CURRENTLY IN. IN MY JOURNEY TOWARDS MY DESTINATION, MY INDIVIDUALITY/ANCHOR HAS BEEN THE STABLE FOUNDATION IN MY LIFE AND AS I BEGAN TO UTILIZE IT TO FULLER POTENTIAL, I WAS ABLE TO RECOGNIZE MY GROWTH AND PROGRESS. STILL WITH WORK TO DO, MY SHIP HAS A FOCUSED CAPTAIN AND MY FUEL IS AMBITION AND MY STAFF ENTAILS MY STRENGTH. AS MY VOYAGE CONTINUES MY OBSTACLES INCREASED WITH MY OCCUPATION/HIGH WAVES THAT JUST WASN’T ABLE TO BRING THE QUOTA I PLACED ON MY JOURNEY TOWARDS MY DESTINATION. WITH A WILL TO PONDER THE BRAIN ON HOW I CAN REACH THIS GOAL, MY CURRENT INCOME STATUS ALLOWS ME TO MAINTAIN MY SHIP UNTIL AN OPPORTUNITY PRESENTS ITSELF. IN MY EFFORTS OF SECURING FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THAT QUOTA, I FIND MYSELF HAVING TO BE A MEDIATOR FOR MY FAMILY & HOME/ STORM WHO IS ABLE TO SEE AND FIND THE POSITIVE IN THE MIDST OF NEGATIVITY. IT BECOMES DRAINING AND GIVES ME AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE ISSUES MY MOTHER FACED WITH HER CHILDREN. UNDERSTANDING IT IS A CONSTANT BATTLE, YOU FIGURE OUT METHODS THAT CAN AID IN DEFUSING SITUATIONS INSTEAD OF PUTTING WOOD ON TOP OF THE FIRE. THIS AREA IS ONE THAT WILL FOLLOW YOU IN YOUR JOURNEY AND THE BEST PREPARATION FOR THIS IS TO BE AN ADULT. ACCEPTING THAT THIS KNOWLEDGE IS NEEDED ON THE VOYAGE, MY EXPERIENCE LANDS ME IN SCENARIOS THAT CAN PLACE ME AT ANOTHER HALT IN MY JOURNEY. TAKING MY EDUCATION/ MECHANICAL MALFUNCTIONS AS ONE OF MY FORKS IN THE ROAD, I MUST NOT THROW IN THE TOWEL OR TURN AROUND BUT RATHER PONDER MY BRAIN MORE ON OPTIONS THAT CAN WORK IN MY FAVOR. CONTINUING WITH MY SEARCH FOR KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS IN MY DESIRED FIELD OF CAREER, THIS KEEPS MY BRAIN WORKING AND EVENTUALLY I WILL COMPOSE A SOLUTION TO SURPASS THIS HALT. NEVER GIVING UP THE GOAL OF GRADUATING, I’M JUST PLACING IT ON HOLD FOR A WHILE UNTIL MY FINANCES GET RIGHT. IN ORDER FOR THEM TO GET TO THE POINT I NEED THEM AT, I MUST STILL DEAL WITH THE COMMUNITY/ICEBERG THAT WILL ALWAYS BE THERE IN THE MIDST OF ME TENDING TO MY AGENDA. NO DISTRACTIONS AND NON-RELEVANT FACTORS NEED MY FOCUS, WHICH KEEPS MY MIND AIMED ON THE TASK AT HAND. YOU CAN ONLY HELP OTHERS SO FAR, BUT YOU MUST NEVER STOP HELPING YOURSELF AND IF HELPING OTHERS STEER YOU OFF COURSE, LET IT GO AND PRAY. GET AROUND THE SITUATIONS YOU CAN AVOID, CHOOSE THE WISE DECISION IN EXTREME SCENARIOS AND ALWAYS KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE IN VIEW!

 

STEP 6: TAKE ACTION WHERE ACTION IS NEEDED AND WHEN YOU REACH YOUR DESTINATION………..PLAN OUT YOUR NEXT MAP!!!!

YOU MAY BE STUCK AT CERTAIN AREAS OF A POINT BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN YOU HAVE TO GIVE UP AND WHEN YOU DO REACH YOUR “MOTIVATING HARBOR”, YOU JUST EVALUATE ON WHAT IT IS YOU WANT NEXT. THIS IS WHERE YOU WILL DESIGN A WHOLE OTHER MAP AND IT MAY DIFFERENTIATE WITH AREAS, AND THAT IS OKAY. JUST KEEP FOCUSING ON WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVATOR AND REACH THAT GOAL….IT’S NOT A RACE, IT’S YOUR LIFE!

SO WHERE ARE YOU GOING AND WHAT IS DOES YOUR MAP SAY ABOUT WHAT YOU NEED TO DO?

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE BLOG “ME, MYSELF & MONDAY” AND UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN, BE SAFE AND HAVE AN AWESOME DAY!!!

 

 

 

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