21 Day New Year Prep

Setting The Foundation – Day 1

Setting The Foundation

It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; its the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time. -David Allan Coe

Day 1

Setting The Foundation

When I first think about the word foundation I picture dirt, land and structure. Then my thoughts naturally gravitate toward tall buildings, beautiful architecture, and homes built to house families. None of which would be possible without a solid foundation. 

People often look at the dirt as seemingly being the least significant when they are in view of spectacular architecture or beautiful homes. However, it is the foundation that provides the goods for us to build upon.   A good foundation will produce beauty for years to come, but the opposite can be detrimental.

To set our foundation I want to address two things immediately and then we will go into 8 tips to start Setting The Foundation. Those two things are:

Fear and Comparison

Concerning Fear…We have to change our perspective around  it an hopefully these two tips below will help you flip the  script concerning it. We have to stop letting it rule our lives. 

  1.  Its OUR fear. Meaning it belongs to us and we have control over it and not the other way around. 
  2.  It is OUR subconscious protecting us.

This may seem a little unorthodox but start here. Have a conversation with your fear. Say “I get it. I know you are meant to protect me and I understand where you are coming from and I appreciate your concern, but I’ve got this. We’re good”. For me personally, saying that shifts my dominance over fear. It immediately becomes subordinate. Try it and see how it works for you. Fear can be this huge giant blocking the door way to our greatest life dreams, or it can be something we create a new perception around. 

Comparison – Comparison can mess up your whole foundation. Comparison is looking at someone else, thinking you know their journey and wishing you had what they had. When you are tempted to compare, tell yourself that your journey and your lessons are yours alone to savor and only you can do you better. 

 8 Things to start Setting The Foundation

  1. Believe that it is possible! Your biggest hindrance is not your ability, or even your circumstances. It’s your mind. I’ll go into more of the power of your mind within these 21 days but if you grasp anything let it be the unwavering belief that you will be successful. 
  2. Create a Plan. A plan is the map, the strategy that’s going to take you from where you are to where you want to be. As a practical step in setting the foundation, buy you a planner. Daily Planners work really well to assist you with staying on track. Erin Condren has great planners that are loved by everyone. You can grab one of these or get one from you Walmart or Target, as long as you get one and get extremely detailed about your goals. 
  3. Fill in the gaps. Where do the gaps exist? What’s missing? What questions do you have? What researched needs to be done to fill in the gaps to get you to your desired destination. Strategy requires being realistic and addressing the gaps head on. Is there a training or course you need? Write it down so that you can address it. 
  4. Know Your Why! If you don’t know this and aren’t able to articulate this, you have to define it for yourself and do it immediately. Success starts with a clear focus. Your WHY answers the  following questions. Why you want to achieve? Is it an ideal life, balance, providing your children with a life you never had? How will it help others (If its a business you must remember its not about you but rather what you can provide to someone else that they value enough to pay for). 
  5. Practice Gratitude. This is extremely, extremely important. Gratefulness makes room for more things to enter into your life.
  6. Take Care Of Yourself.  There’s no success without self-care. I’ve created free resource for you to download. Go here and I will email you the Self-Care Commitment Workbook to begin making Self-Care a commitment in you life. 
  7. Show Yourself Grace. Of course, our goal in doing the work is to be successful. However, if you don’t hit your targets, know that you will if you just keep at it. Every effort is an inch in the right direction so the effort is never wasted. 
  8. Stay Humble. Humility will take you farther than you ever intended to go. Being humble is understanding that success is a privilege not afforded to everyone. So if you are successful let your path, and your beginning be your constant reminder but never your hindrance.

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. -Saint Augustine

Thank You!

Thank you joining me along this journey in getting prepared for the new year. If you wait until the new year you’re already late so let’s get ourselves ready now. I can’t wait to see what things you accomplish this year. Whether your goals are simple or complex, let’s do this together!

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    robin rue
    December 11, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Creating a plan is super important. How can anyone really start anything new without knowing what they are going to do and how they are going to do it.

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    Alli Smith
    December 11, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    The foundation is definitely the most important part of a structure and our lives. When I invested in a great planner a few years ago, I was able to create a plan and carry it through much better than when I was flying by the seat of my pants.

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    December 11, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    What great tips for anything in life. You are right that the foundation is so important so having a solid one is a must.

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    Amber Myers
    December 11, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    I love this! Yes, I do wish to rise, and I will keep these tips in mind for sure. I know staying humble is so important.

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    valmg @ Mom Knows It All
    December 11, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    I try not to compare, I see some folks doing that and it can be so ugly. I don’t have fears about my goals. I coiuld work on the self-care point, I am not the best at it and tend to put myself last.

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    December 11, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Build your foundation on a good base not sand and you will succeed and stand for a long time. Agree with all you points on how to build a foundation.

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    JDaniel4's Mom
    December 11, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    What great tips! #5 and#6 are the ones I really need to work on. I really need to take better care of myself.

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    Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    December 11, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Setting a great foundation is crucial for everything that goes on top. I love to create a set of guidelines that I live my life by. I also like to plan! Thanks for the reminder that we all need a good framework!

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    December 12, 2017 at 3:11 am

    This was a great reminder of how important it is to take the time to properly lay our foundations. So many times I tend to rush and jump into tasks trying to get to that end result as fast as possible, but that method hardly ever produces long lasting results. I am going to apply your tips and lay a solid foundation in order to achieve actual change. Thank you for sharing!

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    Ali || Veggies by Candlelight
    December 12, 2017 at 3:16 am

    These are great tips, especially for knowing your why. Sometimes we can forget our “why” and we have to come back to it.

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    Liz Mays
    December 12, 2017 at 3:18 am

    These are wonderful things to consider when trying to make changes or overcome obstacles. Rethinking fear in the ways you suggested is a good start.

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    Claudia Krusch
    December 12, 2017 at 3:21 am

    I always like to plan things out before I start anything new. It is important to have a strong foundation.

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    Tomi C
    December 12, 2017 at 4:41 am

    Every good thing begins with a plan. You are off to a great start and thanks for the reminder that we too must plan if we wish to see our dreams and desires come to fruition.

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    Debra Hawkins
    December 12, 2017 at 5:57 am

    I think knowing your why is so important! Without remembering my why I falter in a lot of what I am doing!

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    Sandy N Vyjay
    December 13, 2017 at 1:21 am

    You are right the base needs to be strong. The foundation of a building cannot be seen but the very existence of it depends on it. So is it with life, our foundations need to be solid if we want to achieve our dreams.

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    Kita Bryant
    December 13, 2017 at 2:55 am

    That is one thing I have learned in life. Foundations allow the rest to fall into place.

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    My Teen Guide
    December 13, 2017 at 7:35 am

    I really like this post. It is motivating. It is inspiring. I told my kids before, that they should take their studies seriously, because that will be the foundation for their future. I read a quote a few years back and it is something I always remind my kids about. It goes, “You will only stay in school for a little less than 2 decades of your life. Do your best and make every year count. Two decades. Just that. If you don’t have the patience to stay in school that long, its up to you. But you have to realize and accept the fact that the next 5 decades of your life will be spent trying to make ends meet. You make the choice.”

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    December 13, 2017 at 10:32 am

    In whatever we do, the foundation is should always be consider. That is why planning is one of the best way to do when deciding something. If the foundation is weak, the possibility of failure is there and vice versa.

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    December 14, 2017 at 1:03 am

    I just bookmarked this for my 2018 “better myself and my blog” goals! This is going to be the first step in my plan!

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    Nikka Shae
    December 14, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    This is so great! I love to plan and write things done to make sure I’m reaching my goals!

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