Four Words I Want More Of #JusJoJan

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I came to the party late. This month is ‘Just Jot it January.’ But as I just saw the post about this fun month, I don’t have anything for the first ten days of the month. That’s okay. I was always one that arrived at the party late anyway. Just ask my mom. Or sister. Each day of the month has a word prompt, except for One Liner Wednesdays and Stream of Consciousness Saturday.

The word prompt for today is ‘humiliate.’

Here’s my ‘jot’ for the day.

Earlier today I added a post-it note (another one!) to my computer screen. It’s a reminder of something I just read on a blog post.

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Four great words and four great attitudes. One even matches one of the three words I chose for 2018 – authentic, action, and joyful. I’d like more of these qualities in my life.

But yet, when I look at the goals I just set for 2018, they’re all measurable goals about my writing life. Where are the goals that will bring more of these four qualities into my life? Will I be humiliated when I reach the end of the year and I’m in the same place? (Humiliated is a stronger word than one I would have chosen to use here. But I needed to work in the Just Jot it word prompt for the day – so there you have it.)

No. I won’t be humiliated. Because I’m also trying to get better about not beating myself up and being more flexible to go with the flow and be gentle with myself for what happens and what doesn’t. But even so, I sit to sit down and look at conscious actions that will bring more love, peace, joy, and gratitude into my life.

What kinds of things do you jot down?

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G: Goals to Get You Through

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G: GOALS TO GET YOU THROUGH

Are you having trouble dragging yourself to work? Do you dread the shift ahead of you, knowing that rude customers, lazy coworkers or an unrealistic work load is in your future?

Sometimes a key piece to surviving your next shift with a smile…the next week…the next month…is to have some goals that help get you through the difficult periods.

Is there a vacation coming up? Thinking of a fun week away in the next month or two can give you a pleasurable moment ahead to look forward to. It also helps justify where you are and what you’re doing. The next three paychecks will get me to Jamaica. Or Disneyland. Or to the camping spot in the woods.

The goal might be something further off in the future. Two more years and I can retire. One more year and I’ll have enough to ________ (fill in the blank). One more year and I’ll have enough for the down payment on a new home. A new car. An addition or renovation. We usually have something that we’re striving for, and having a job gives us the means to achieve that goal. Even if it does take us longer than we’d like. Use that inspiration to keep a smile on your face and maybe you will even end up whistling while you work.

If all else fails, and these larger goals are too far away to help right now, set your own shorter term goal. If I get through this week without biting a co-workers head off…I’ll treat myself to that steak dinner Friday night.

Sometimes that bright spot in the future is what gets us through a few dreary days. It’s all in a change of perspective. Just shifting our focus can help make every day a good day.

What goals do you have in the future? How can thinking of that goal help get you through the next week?

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