I’ve had the opportunity over the past few days to do a bit of reflecting, on the past month, the past year, life in full. Perhaps it’s the time of year. The recent turn of political events. Or maybe because I know we can’t get to where we want to go if we don’t know where we’ve been. Either way, reflection is a fundamental key to growth. Growth to become better at work, at home, and in life.
This past Sunday in particular I came together with a group of friends to reflect on our time together as a collective group of runners and all around dope women. As we were creating, building and ultimately being, I personally kept coming back to the fundamental idea of foundation. Over the course of the past few days the more I kept thinking about that specific element, the more I began to understand its importance and weight in the quest to drive forward.
Foundation is defined as an underlying basis or principle for something.
I like to think of it like the roots to a tree. Our foundation is our base. Without that base it wouldn’t be possible to stand, grow, build, or do. It’s the one thing we know we can always come back to regardless of how far removed we become. The beauty is, like roots to a tree, there are many pieces to life that can create this base for us. For myself, in thinking about my foundation, a huge portion of it started early. Lessons and teachings I gathered early in life from my parents, aunts, uncles, extended family, teachers, and other protectors. And then there are those pieces that I’ve picked up as I’ve grown by way of experiencing life. Wins and losses. Friends who’ve become family. Creative spaces I’ve learned to embrace. Safe spaces I have personally created.
I bring this to light this week because as much as the work I hope to highlight is primarily about taking action to do more, I believe it is equally important to acknowledge who we are within the process. What drives you to do and to be. Recognizing the ground that is firmly planted beneath you, the question then becomes is your foundation strong enough to hold the weight of your future dreams?
Although each day should be seen as an opportunity for us to start something new I know realistically that January 1st brings about a natural time of change for many of us. Regardless of your success rates for resolutions in years past, I hope to help make sure 2017 is your best yet. That means the works starts now.
It’s important to take this time as we begin to think about new goals to ensure that we set ourselves up as soundly as possible for success. As we move toward the end of a year and cycle, what cracks do you see that need to be filled? What have you learned this year that you will take with you and what will you potentially leave behind? What does your support system look like? Are you too busy supporting others that you end up compromising your own success at the end of the day? What is the current status of your relationship to your values? What room for improvement can be made? Etc. ... You can never ask yourself too many questions when your purpose is growth.
Therefore, this week I challenge you to reflect on your foundation as an individual. Asking yourself the questions I’ve mentioned above and expanding your thoughts on the concept. This is the first step in really getting clear on where you are and for what you want. To which point ultimately gaining the ability to create realistic S.M.A.R.T. goals for your future.
I came across the message “Go for Gold” today, three times, in three completely unrelated spaces. At first I didn’t think anything of it but as I sit down this afternoon I now realize the message was not by chance or accident. Going for Gold is essentially what I think all of us ever really want to do. Win or lose, it’s the effort we give in life that makes all the difference. With a solid foundation anything is possible in life if you are willing to work hard enough to get it.
Thanks to the signs of the universe and some quiet moments of self-reflection, I am Going for Gold in 2017 and I hope you will join me!