March Fo(u)rth

Today’s date is the only one in the calendar that doubles as a command.

And triples as inspiration. March forth, my friends. Carry on. You got this!

According to Urban Dictionary, my primary resource for nearly everything:

This day is “A holiday where you work towards achieving your dreams, noted by many to be on March 4/March Forth. This holiday is used as an excuse to make an effort, take a risk, or refuse to let reasons come between you and your goals.”

That is a reminder I could use most days, but especially toward the end of a New England winter.

Shoveling snow is a winter sport in the Northeast.

After months of vitamin D deficiency, seasonal affective disorder, and likely a series of Nor’easters slamming the region with various forms of precipitation (my personal favorite is the innocuous sounding *wintry mix*), I am overdue for some encouragement.

Aren’t we all?

When they are built into the date, I take heart in knowing that mud season, and then spring, are nigh. That means daylight savings, seasonal allergies, and Marathon Monday are just around the corner.

Nope, I am not preparing to run in the Boston Marathon, but I do view goal-setting as a proverbial marathon for which I am constantly training.

It is, rather, a calendar landmark. Tax Day. A turning point. The unofficial start of spring. Hope is in the air, along with the pollen.

In my last post, I wrote about goals and asked you about yours. Have you thought about them? If not, today is the day to start.

My biggest goal this week, like every week since 2021 commenced, has been to write. Guess what, I have been doing that every day this week. I even managed to eke out a blog post revolving around an Urban Dictionary reference.

If I can do that, you can inch toward your own goals–whether for the year, the month of March, the week, or even just another winter Thursday.

Easier said than done? Need a nudge in the right direction?

  • Make your goals SMART
  • Enlist the help of an accountability buddy
  • Step outdoors for some fresh air and natural sunlight
  • Take action toward your goal, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant
  • Have fun! Life is too important to be taken seriously.

Over time, you will want to weed out the time and energy wasters. Even the seemingly innocuous ones (Instagram scrolling, anyone?) may be sabotaging your efforts more than you think. Today, no matter how big you’re thinking, you can start small.

Remember: This is a marathon, not a sprint.

For a handy list, check out this article about the 8 Things Successful People Never Waste Time Doing.

Use this March Fo(u)rth *holiday* to work toward achieving your dreams and refusing to let reasons come between you and your goals.

If you can’t trust the wisdom of Urban Dictionary, then what can you trust?

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