What is broken in your life? Is it a relationship with a family member, friend or significant other? Is it your credit or financial situation? Is it your health? Is it your education? Is it you? Take a quick diagnostic check or assessment of your life as it is right now and determine what is in need of repair. If you find that there is more than one thing, prioritize them and zero in on that one thing that is at the top of the list.
This year I came to realize that the area where I was the most broken was financial literacy. And isn’t it ironic that the root word of broken is “broke”. Being “broke” is no more than a mindset or a pattern or behavior that can indeed be broken in a positive way.
In an attempt to fix this area with which I had always been challenged I have officially decided to declare this my “Year of Repair” with a focus on financial literacy. Surprisingly, I have found that as I improve my financial situation through education, awareness and consistent practice of a specific set of action steps, that my self-esteem and confidence have increased and my stress level has decreased. This has in turn freed up my time and energy to align and balance all of the other areas in my life that are in need of repair as well.
As we approach the middle of the year, now is a good time to reflect upon and reassess the goals that we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year. Many of our goals probably spoke directly to the things in our lives that are in need of repair. I just stopped writing this to flip back in my journal to see what my goals were and I realize that I have accomplished four of the eight that I set for myself. I also realize that half of my goals were financial.
This week I challenge you to devote some time to reflecting on where you are in your life, assessing what the challenges or broken pieces are, and beginning to plan for how you want to move forward during the second half of the year. Don’t overwhelm yourself with several projects, simply focus on one thing that you want to repair and go from there.
Here are a few tips to get you started…
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There is probably a friend or colleague right within your grasp that is strong in the area in which you are weak.
- Study books, magazines, or even documentaries or movies that address the area in which you broken and are striving to repair.
- Be honest with yourself. A lot of times it’s hard to admit areas where we fall short of even our own expectations. Don’t be afraid to admit your mistakes and take the first small step to changing your life for the better.