Celebrate your Milestones
This year has been the most challenging for my husband and I. We were meant to have the next 3 houses on our second phase development built and sold by now, but circumstances out of our control have halted the project. Planners took 6 months to agree a minor amendment to the design and the sale of our last house on Phase one fell through, one week before completion. Our forecasts and future plans are at least 12 months behind.
All my husband and I have done this year is look at the negatives. From the outside we may look happy, but we have argued, stressed and nearly given up, because all we looked at were the negatives. This weekend it came to a head. It hasn’t been pleasant, but it has made us step back and look at the bigger picture.
We failed to recognise that in 10 years, we have together -
- Built a market leading wedding business.
- Worked tirelessly alongside our son to create a career for him that is also his passion.
- We have developed and sold a portfolio of luxury houses.
- I have set up a business consultancy.
- We have given ourselves financial stability.
- We did this together.
The reason for this short blog, is to ask you to think more openly and positively and remember how far you have come.
We are too quick to look at the negatives in our life. Too quick to be bitter and angry with ourselves when our plans don’t seamlessly fall into place. We very rarely celebrate our milestones. We must celebrate our wins.
If someone had told me at 18, I would have what I have now, my family, career and my achievements, it would have been a dream, but instead this year I allowed myself to feel burdened. A positive mind and belief in yourself is life changing.
New week, new goals, new mindset.
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