Today is March 4.....March Fourth....FORTH!
Are you marching forth today?
I love it when dates line up like this. It gives me a time to play with the words a bit. And it serves as a metaphor.
To march means to walk with a regular tread, in a deliberate manner. When I was a kid, I played clarinet in a marching band. I remember the parades...we would prepare ourselves by rehearsing the music, then rehearsing and marching at the same time. Then the day would come when it was time to execute what we had learned and rehearsed. We would put on the band uniforms and proceed to the staging area. No matter what we were feeling or what the weather was, we marched. And we marched towards a goal, the end of the parade. During the parade I remember I wasn't thinking too much about the end goal. I was thinking more about keeping in step and playing the right notes along the way. One step and one note at a time. Sometimes a little dance might be done. Sometimes we marched in place so we didn't run into the group in front of us. And I had my team members to support me, so if I somehow lost step I could glance to my right or left and see which foot needed to be forward.
I've found life to be a bit like this.....preparation, execution, focus and seeking support along the way.
We prepare not so much by rehearsing, but by visioning, dreaming, figuring out who we are and what we want. Classes and coaching services are excellent for figuring this out. Then we execute: there might be a timeline, written out steps to take. We keep our focus by using affirmations and meditation, and support comes in the form of talking with others, sharing what is going on with us. And sometimes support comes in the form of resting, taking another class, reading a new book.
For me, the important part is the focus. I sometimes lose my focus. I get discouraged. This is when the support is really important. I use a coach to remind me of what my goal is. I use classes to learn new ways to reach my goals. And sometimes I use classes because I've realized that I need a new goal. Or a new way to reach my goal.
And I continue to march forward, no matter what.
Are you continuing your march? Today might be a good day to review where you are in your own personal march, and adjust your steps as needed.