Motivational Monday :: You Are What You EatMonday, December 15, 2008
2009 is quickly approaching and in these last few weeks, many people will be sitting down to write out resolutions for the new year. I don't know about you, but I am a perfectionist, which can be a curse at times. If I can't do something exceptionally well or if it is not turning out how I originally envisioned, I often give up on it and let it sit unfinished. This is especially true with resolutions of years past. Does this happen to anyone else?
Over the past few years, my friend Nicole and I have written out a list of three or so themes that we wanted the coming year to represent and that were lofty enough that the final results were still often out of our hands. This approach has worked well for me because it allows me to dream ridiculously big, work hard towards any goals that those themes may encompass and then let go and be flexible with the final outcome.
This year, however, I am focusing on one theme, at the suggestion of another friend. My personal theme and mantra for 2009 is You Are What You Eat. My goal is to have every major decision (and some of the smaller ones) in both my personal and professional life revolve around the truth of that statement.
Not only will keeping this in mind help my literal diet and therefore improve my physical health, I also plan to apply it to my emotional and spiritual health as well. For example, if I am already having a down day, I'll try to purposefully avoid music that may feed into and expand on that mentality with depressing lyrics.
I'll also make it a point to surround myself more with people who have a healthy outlook on the future of the wedding industry. I am very pragmatic about the current economic state, and I do not hold to the philosophies that just having positive thoughts and putting that feel good energy into the world will make everything better. I think healthy skepticism and having a trusted person play devil's advocate is an important part of making calculated business decisions and risk-taking. That said, I do not buy into this spreading hysteria among wedding professionals that the sky is falling. I really believe that the wedding industry is only at the beginning of its tipping point of some very incredible things to come (recession or not) and I want to work with and be surrounded by people who are not going to put a ceiling on my professional goals with their consistent negativity or pessimistic outlook.
While I do not foresee being legalistic about any of it (ice cream will still be on the menu), I do believe moderation will be key.
So, if you are what you eat, what do you plan on "eating" in 2009?