Committing to real focus

If you read the interview I did recently on MaggieGentry’s blog (I shared it a few weeks ago), you know that I’ve been focusing on how positive change in our lives can lead to positive change in the world. With that in mind, I’d like to invite you to join me in some free accountability as we work toward (both kinds of) positive change!


Last January (in 2017), I began a practice called Stronger Month by Month.

At the beginning of each month, I chose a single intention to focus on and then checked in each week on Instagram. These intentions ranged from specific actions (like meditating every day) to things that were a bit harder to measure but still important (like pausing before responding or reacting in my everyday life).

I started this practice because I was tired and overwhelmed from trying to make so many changes at once.

We all come up against a ton of information each day, a lot of it about changes we could be making, and I wasn’t doing a good job of filtering through those options to choose only the right ones for me. Instead, I was feeling pressure to do everything the moment I thought about it.

I knew this way of approaching change was unsustainable, so I decided to do something different: focus on one change at a time for at least one month.

Some months were more successful than others. Some weeks and even days were more successful than others. Sometimes I chose really good intentions, and sometimes I chose to focus on changes I couldn’t (or didn’t really want to) make when it got down to an everyday practice.

But no matter the intention I chose, I learned from having committed to the process and from holding myself to sharing my progress weekly.

As the year progressed, I created a free guide to help those who were interested in participating—not because the process is complicated or the rules strict, but because I know that sometimes we need help getting started.

I’m reviving this practice for 2018, and I’d love for you to join me...

...whether that means participating or simply following along (I got plenty of messages from people who got so much out of this simply by watching me make the commitment!). Here’s how:

If you’d like to participate:
Sign up to get a copy of the get-started guide below! You can do as much or as little sharing as you like. I’ll put up an Instagram post each Tuesday where you’re welcome to check in, but only if that feels right. It’s up to you!

If you’d like to follow along:
You don’t have to do a thing! For the month of February, I’ll be sending out an email each Wednesday updating you on my progress. Sending this email is an experiment; I want to see if the emails are helpful for you to read and helpful for me to write. If they are both, we’ll keep doing this. And if not, we’ll try something new; I’m all about a low-stress experiment! (Note: These will not be posted on the blog; they will only be sent by email. Sign up now if you’d like to keep reading!)

If you have any questions, please reach out! I’d love to hear from you. And if you’re interested in hearing about what I’m focusing on for the month of February, check out the first Instagram post right here. I’ll share more in next week’s email!

If you use the free guide (you can download it using the form below) to set an intention, please reach out and let me know what it is...

...by Instagram or by email if you’d like to keep it more private. I’m here to cheer you on!

With much love,
Erica


P.S. If you want to join me, or learn more about Stronger Month by Month, download the free guide below!