At the beginning of the year, all of us at Catch Your Limit sat down and created some personal action plans. Mine was two-fold.
This summer Erin & I are going to be going to Europe for a month of traveling, exploring, and eating a LOT of amazing cuisine. One of the components of my action plan was to really prepare myself for traveling by learning some of the languages. That week I was so inspired and excited about it, I went to Barnes & Noble and found the most amazing thing! It’s a cd set that sings to you and talks through skits that help you learn different languages and for $6 per set, I HAD TO have them! I bought one for French and one for Italian. I decided to start with French and in just a few short weeks I have learned how to greet someone, how to say where I am from, colors, how to tell time, some weather, how to order, ask for a table, and some food. It’s amazing how much you can learn while enjoying some cheesy (but extremely witty and entertaining) songs. But what feels even better, is knowing that I am taking the steps to accomplishing a goal that many would think is pretty hard to reach.
The second part of my personal action plan was to learn how to read music. I’m currently taking guitar lessons and am singing in a choir which is definitely helping the process. This part of my plan is not being accomplished as quickly as my other goal, but steps are definitely being taken and results are definitely becoming apparent. When I play the guitar, I feel like a kid again. I grew up around constant music entertainment. My dad is a guitarist but I never picked it up for some reason (even though now I wish I would’ve). Now, I am counting down the days till I can go back home with my guitar and play his favorite Beatles songs with him. What is so great about learning an instrument is that when you can finally play through a song, it is so rewarding. It’s instant gratification for all the work you’ve put in prior to that moment. For me, the greatest feeling is going to be able to play with my dad- someone who I’ve always looked up to musically. Anyways- the reading of music part of my plan is a little behind, but on the flip side, I am learning how to play chords and bar chords and my musical knowledge is expanding so all is not lost!
The point of this post is to show you all that sometimes putting things down on paper is enough motivation and inspiration to really set the ball in motion. You know…that ball. The one thats been sitting in the corner of the room that you constantly look at but never seem to have the time to play with. Well I encourage all of you to take five minutes out of your busy day and write down a personal action plan for yourself and be sure to share it with someone you trust. That way, you will be more likely to take the next steps in case that person asks you about it in the future!
And I wish you all the best in all of your future endeavors!
><(("> Michela Fleury
Michela is a ><(("> Team Member at Catch Your Limit, a management firm with offices in Tallahassee, Florida and Richmond, Virginia. To learn more, visit http://www.catchyourlimit.com/.