John 16:33 I am called to battle and destined to win. Failure and defeat are not in my future.
So why are you feeling down in the dumps? Could it be the heavy rains (for those in Lagos), or could it be that you are feeling pressured by the “end-of-month-anxiety syndrome?”
For most people, the end of a month usually brings with it mixed feelings.
For employers, especially growing businesses (notice I didn’t say small businesses), it comes with the pressures of matching your expenses with revenues. For employees, it is the pressure of month end assessments or midyear assessments in June. Even for families, it is usually a time for multiple domestic expenses and major decisions.
Irrespective of what category you may fall in, the end of the month could be a source of stress or joy depending on what your outcomes are.
WAYS TO REDUCE END OF MONTH ANXIETY: Change of perspective.
REVIEW: One of the ways to ensure you keep things in perspective is to review the initial goals you set (I assume you did set goals -read this on setting goals), then assess what you accomplished.
CAPTURE: Be careful to ensure that you capture the accomplishments that may not have been in your goals. Recognise all your wins, small, minute and big. Identify your misses.
DIAGNOSE: Finally diagnose your wins and assess what led to them. Extract those lessons and keep them in front of you. Next diagnose your losses (for want of a better word -as they become losses only if you don’t go learn from them) and assess what exactly you could have done better, or differently? Could you have gone the extra mile? Could you have been more consistent? Could you have been more focused, determined, diligent or were some factors beyond your control (your ability to know what’s outside your control will save you a lot of stress), but don’t make excuses. Be honest with yourself.
After you have reviewed your past goals, captured and celebrated your small and big wins, diagnose them for lessons, you are now more likely to be in an empowered position. You may then recognise that you may not have exactly what you aimed for, but usually things are never as bad as they looked before going through this, the “Perspective Process”.
Now is not the time to moan, gripe, or feel sorry for yourself, instead adjust your perspective, and encourage yourself with your wins (small and big). Everyone has some sort of progress or win -even your going through this process of assessment is a win as it shows you are taking responsibility for your outcomes).
Now prepare yourself for what you know will be an incredible next month.
To Your greatness and success.
P.S. 1. Here’s my Magical Monday FB post earlier today. I hope it helps you further.
Are you grateful to be awake and alive this Magical Monday?
Arise and shine.
Put on your garment of praise and thanksgiving.
Adjust your attitude this day.
Embrace a bright new day.
Today is an opportunity to end this month with a resounding YES!
But it will start with your first thoughts. I hope this post helps you shape your day.
Say Yes and Amen. It’s going to be a truly Magical Monday and a glorious week.
Declare it. Believe it. Walk in it.
P.S. 2: Remember the message from my special Jubilant June Video? View it here to remind yourself what June was meant to bring you, and look out for the July video.
P.S. 3: THANK YOU. I am truly grateful to all of you who have been sending comments and giving me feedback that you actually read and enjoy these newsletters. I appreciate your feedback and welcome tips for improvement. Here are a few comments from my most important constituents -my husband and teenage daughter.
Here are their comments on Jubilant June Video.
Looks excellent. You look very pretty and sound very good. Well done. – Onyema
I loved the video! I can definitely see you doing this full time in the future. You are so good at it. Will keep in mind everything you said about being jubilant, understanding, nourishment and remembering to encourage myself. – Chidi.
(As a wife and mother, it means a lot to hear my husband, and daughter say they read my posts and actually provide unsolicited feedback in writing. Yippee!)