Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Step 9 - Don't be too hard on yourself

Day 9 of the National Blog Post Month challenge where I’m writing a blog post every day along the theme of 30 Steps to Happiness and Contentment.

Ok, I'm late with my posting today, very late, but I have my excuses.  I wasn't well yesterday, so had an early night and it was just as well as I had a really busy day today at the shop.  I'd decided to set aside my lunch break to do my blog, but a friend dropped by who I haven't seen for ages and needed to chat.  The evening I had to make tea and then dash out for a choir meeting/practice at 7,30 for the carols I'm organising for our Charity Christmas Fayre at our shop later next month.  I got back at 11.30pm, so now's the first opportunity to write today's blog!

The reason I'm telling you all this is to try and make a point.  The point is that it's good to try your best to achieve the goals you set for yourself, but don't beat yourself up if you can't!

Sometimes, it's just not possible and other 'things' have to take priority.  I've set myself this task of blogging every day, nobody's forced me to do it, nothing's going to happen if I don't, so I have to prioritise.  My kids, business and friends come first.  If I've got time after that, great, if not it'll have to wait!

I was getting really stressed earlier because I hadn't had chance to do it, but why?  What's going to happen?  This is just a rather mundane example, there are obviously much bigger ones that happen from time to time.  Sometimes we have to let other people down, sometimes we have to admit we can't achieve what we'd set out to do right now, but it's important to recognise when to say "sorry I can't do this" and not to feel guilty about it.

Life is full of choices, once you've made your choice, stick to it and don't look back.  You do what you can, with what you have and the time available and you can't expect any more of yourself and neither should anyone else!

You might be interested to read the other posts in this series

Step 30 - The Key to Happiness and Contentment
Step 29 -You are the master of your own destiny
Step 28 - Don't give up on a good relationship
Step 27 - Don't Judge , Live and let live
Step 26 - Don't Worry, by happy
Step 25 - Never give up
Step 24 - Get by with a little help from your friends
Step 23 - Go with the Flow
Step 22 - Enjoy the moment
Step 21 - Love what you do
Step 20 - Forgive and Forget
Step 19 - Unconditional giving
Step 18 - Smile and the world smiles with you
Step 17 - Work to live, don't live to work
Step 16 - Surround yourself with Positive People
Step 15 - Always look on the bright side of life
Step 14 - Where there's a will there's a way
Step 13 - Silence is Golden
Step 12 - Feed your Soul
Step 11 - Follow your Dreams
Step 10 - Use your time wisely
Step 9 - Don't be too hard on yourself
Step 8 - Consider what you value most
Step 7 - Find time for Yourself
Step 6 - Make time for Family and Friends
Step 5 - Don't take yourself too Seriously
Step 4 - Feel the Fear and do it Anyway
Step 3 - Love what you Hate
Step 2 - There's no such word as CAN''T
Step 1 - Find the Best in Every Day


  1. Hear hear! Better late than never. Hope you're feeling better.

  2. I found Myself getting quite stressed on Tuesday. Just hit a total blank and couldn't think of anything to write about.

    Love you theme btw, a really great idea to keep you focused for the Month.

  3. Thanks Midlife Single Mum. I'm feeling much better now thank you :)

    Thanks Rollercoaster Mum

    I know what you mean Managing Mayhem - it's really helped me to have a theme for the month, but it's still hard sometimes when the words just won't come!