We made it! Can I say that I’m so glad we are here? I can remember when we started and there was some hesitation to commit yourselves to a challenge for 12 weeks. For those of you who are just now joining my journey, no worries. Many of the tasks can be quickly executed. I broke down my birthday ritual to a really slow pace for those among us for whom this is a new experience.
For the sake of 2020 ReFocus challenge I did reorder some of the steps. I arranged them in a way that flowed logically. Now that you have been introduced to these concepts, you can always remix the order in a way that is most beneficial to you.
1) Focus – Deciding what you want. Set your SMART Goals
2) Insight – Reflecting on your motivations. Understanding why you want these things. Appreciating all you have.
3) Perception – Understanding how your unique life experience shape how you perceive things.
4) Scope - Establishing the context of your goals.
5) Examine – Understanding your strengths and weaknesses and finding the tools to help you.
6) ReFocus - Adjusting your vision based on the progress that you have made.
7) ReView – Reviewing all of your progress so far. Honing any concepts that previously escaped you.
8) Target - Putting in the work. Executing the plan and vision.
9) Perspective – Evaluating how your position can impact the opportunities you see.
10) Illusion – Removing any self-defeating habits or ideologies. Overcoming any limitations imposed upon yourself.
11) Hindsight – Looking back on the progress that you have made. Appreciating the journey and forgiving yourself any missteps you have previously taken.
Not going to lie. There were times when updating this blog week to week was a challenge (see what I did there?). I kept at it though. This was definitely a lesson in patience. I am used to knocking things out in one fell swoop. For this challenge as I promised I would give updates in real time, required routine and consistency.
When I started this challenge, I didn’t know where it would lead. When I decided to do this challenge I was still living in Melbourne with a fast-approaching visa expiration, and I was at a loss for what to do next. I really wanted to continue traveling, but every country I made plans to go to closed their doors.
Finally, I stopped resisting and booked my flight to America. When I left Melbourne, I was focused on avoiding the Rona on my 42 hour sojourn back to the States. I was fortunate enough to have a place to quarantine and regroup for a few months upon my arrival. Since I was returning to a very different circumstance that when I left, I wasn’t sure of what the next steps would be. I was coming back from abroad to find a job in a down economy with more than 20 million people unemployed. My background is in hospitality, which is one of the hardest-hit industries. I didn’t know what to expect.
I was fortunate to have several opportunities come to me in my time back in the states, including finding employment really fast. With all of the readjustments, it has been a major effort of mine to keep updating regularly and not let this fall to the back burner.
I won’t lie. 2020 has still been throwing some really doozies at me, but as with this challenge I have had to focus on the things within my control. Next week is a bye-week. A weekend where I won’t give you another task, but I hope that you are still consistently working on your routine and your goals.
The following week will be the SUMMIT!!! I’m very excited to talk with all of you.
Until Next Time,