School was back in session for us on Tuesday. (and the angels sang!)
Not really. But almost.
There were moments over the 2+ week break that I was ready for that 8 o’clock bell to ring on Tuesday, and there were other moments I missed the flexibility of homeschooling and dreaded the morning drill.
But ‘you know what? That’s our reality now. The public school route. And I am forever grateful that she is excelling and has adjusted so well.
Our mornings are like clockwork. My alarm usually goes off at 4:30AM. The kids get up between 6:00AM and 6:30AM. Breakfast is served at 7:00AM. And we are in the car 7:30AM-ish. Amen.
Except for last Wednesday. Tuesday? We rocked it. I think we were ready to find our groove again. But by Wednesday? We were missing the days of no alarm clocks and pajamas being allowed at all hours. It was only the second “real” day of our week, but Wednesday brought on lateness for us. For me. Mainly me.
We made it out the door – clean, dressed, fed, and on time – #SUCCESS – but I felt so behind. I hadn’t checked all the tasks off my list that I usually do by that time of morning. I felt like I was losing the race and it wasn’t even 8AM.
I did the school drop off, and I kicked it into high gear. I felt so off-my-game, but I just kept going and did what I needed to do. I may have been out of sync from my normal “order” – but I was in motion.
And by the end of the day? It was a total success. The day proved to be more productive than I could have ever planned.
This was an in-my-face reminder that no matter how “behind” we may think we are in life, the point is to just get started.
A lot of you emailed me this last week with what you would “like to do” in 2016. I’m excited to hear your success stories for 2016! But if you missed January 1 getting started on a goal – who cares if today is January 9? Just start. Not everything that we accomplish in life will happen in the order or in the time frame that we originally plan. Very seldom will it, actually. #AskMeHowIKnow
Winston Churchill once said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”
We are all bound to feel uncertain, unprepared, or unqualified from time to time. But let me assure you of this: what you have right now is enough. You can plan and plan and revise all you want – (read: procrastinate) – but trust me, what you have now is enough to start.
What I have right now is enough to start.
What I had on that late-to-me Wednesday morning was enough. I had the entire day before me. I only had to choose to use it and not wallow in the feeling of failure from a late-morning that consisted of cereal and milk.
“The key to success is to start before you are ready.” – Marie Forleo
So whether you are wanting to start a business, lose weight, write a book, or achieve any number of goals – maybe even just clean your house? – who you are, what you have, and what you know right now is good enough to get going.
That is my challenge to you this week, friends: get going.
If something starts to go not as you had planned, don’t get discouraged. One of the greatest tennis players ever known, Arthur Ashe once said, “Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.”
So this week, just do it, my friends.
I’m cheering you on!