I don’t know if I’m the only one but I guess I, in a sense, tripped somewhere towards the end of 2016 and just landed into the second week of 2017. That’s when I came to my senses and realized it was a new year.
I wasn’t really excited, or inspired, or motivated to do anything on the night of December 31st. I just sat on my bed, twisted my newly installed locs on my own for the first time (installed November 2, 2016) and listened to people all around my city practice their fireworks.
Then the moment of truth hit me when the great explosion of annoyance flooded my ears at 12 am on January 1, 2017. It was officially a new year. What was I about to change, improve, or implement?
I had done a better job at this at the end of 2015 by writing out my goals, ambitions and improvements. This year I didn’t know what I was about to do. And I was almost through the second week of 2017 before I even thought about it again.
I have a data entry job, which is 8 hours of mind-numbing repetition. Because of my current line of work, I like to listen to YouTube videos on various topics, mainly on motivation, relationships, making money, being an introvert, and more.
One day during the second week of the month, I came across a TEDx talk by Mel Robbins. As I listened, I was so captivated by her dynamic and energetic delivery that I literally stopped working and stared at my computer screen for like 7 minutes.
The title was How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over and what she discussed hit me like a ton of bricks. I felt so guilty because I had been telling myself these principles for so long, but just neglected to implement them. As a result, I was greatly slowing the progress in my life. On purpose.
Who does that?
I want you to watch it for yourself to get the full impact of her presentation. It’s about 20 minutes long. Before you watch though, here are a few highlights:
- Stop saying “I’m fine”, nobody is just fine
- Take the feeling out of tasks and chores in your life and just do it
- The “5-Second Rule”
Mel Robbins’ 2017 Year Planner
So after watching this life-changing TEDx Talk, you know I had to stalk her and find out everything I could about Mel Robbins, my new heroine. I watched more of her talks and interviews on other YouTube channels and I found out that she is a CNN commentator and a motivational and keynote speaker.
She also has her own YouTube channel in which she seems to update regularly. One VIDEO in particular was about starting 2017 by reflecting on 2016 so that we can focus our energies on improving and having the best year ever, at least better than last year. Her and her husband made free downloadable self-assessment guide where we focus on:
Health, Love, Work and Fun
Watch the video HERE and download her self-assessment guide (PDF format) Your Best Year Ever 2017 by clicking the link in the description section below her video.
You can also download the self-assessment guide HERE or by clicking the picture below.
I’ve shared this new year guide with everyone I know will take advantage of it; friends, family, and YOU! I haven’t started mine yet (because my brain is constantly an explosion of thoughts) but after reviewing it, I’ve definitely begun to think about the answers to some of these questions. It can get a little embarrassing. But that’s a good thing.
Facing yourself will help you move past your current self and on to a more awesome version of you!
Don’t be like me. Start right away or as soon as you can. I’m going to take at least 10 minutes per day and answer a few questions, starting tonight.
More to Come
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Also check my book list HERE to see Mel’s book Stop Saying You’re Fine.
P.S. Leave a comment letting me know what you think of the self-assessment guide and be sure to share this with others.
Turning 2017 Image: http://innovationexcellence.com/blog/2016/12/08/planning-your-changes-for-2017/
Mel Robbins talk: http://aleshadrew.com/f-you-how-to-stop-screwing-yourself-over/
Mel Robbins’ headshot: https://www.pmi.org/membership/lim-na/mel-robbins
Your Best Year Ever: https://bestyear.melrobbins.com/bestyear