Does taking better care of your self feel like a “to-do” that never gets done? Do you feel like you know what to do to elevate your health but at the end of every day you feel like you have crashed and burned along with your good intentions? Welcome to the human experience!
If change were easy:
• Everyone would be rich.
• Every woman would love her body.
• Dream jobs would be the only kind of job available.
• Life would feel easy and delightful.
Of course, there are countless reasons why change is so difficult, but having worked with hundreds of women over the years to adopt a healthier lifestyle, success with change really boils down to this:
1. You must create room in your life for change to happen.
2. You must show up consistently to “practice” the skills necessary for the type of change you are committing to.
If you want to learn to play the piano, you have to practice a lot to build the skill set that will enable you to play. You don’t just show up for a few practices here and there and expect to play Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. It seems obvious and yet…so many people just want to show up for a few practice sessions to obtain sublime health.
Greatness isn’t born from neglect. It comes from practicing day in and day out, and just when you have a grasp on the change you were seeking, it means practicing even more. There are only 24 hours in a day, of which you are ideally awake for only about 14. You will have to make some hard choices about how those 14 hours are BEST spent if you are serious about making REAL change. When will you practice if you don’t have time?
You are going to have to “trim the fat” in some areas of your life (aka prioritize). Initially, it may feel like you are making tremendous sacrifices to cut out the things that are not serving your goals, but as you start to reap the rewards that will certainly come from creating more time for the MOST important things, you will look in the rear view mirror and see that the “sacrifices” weren’t actually sacrifices at all. They were simply obstacles preventing you from reaching the higher summits where the views are most spectacular.
Maybe making room for change looks like:
• Creating boundaries
• Getting clear on priorities
• Saying no more often
• Getting to bed earlier
• Getting up earlier
There is a reason the bulk of the work traction is ACTION. You can’t get traction unless you are committed to taking consistent action. Creating room for yourself in your planner will do you NO good if you negotiate and compromise that time at every turn. Would you cancel an appointment on your most valuable client on a regular basis? Of course you wouldn’t, because you know deep down that you would risk losing her business to someone more committed to showing up.
Well, I’ve got news for you sister. YOU are your most valuable client. You are the most important business you will ever conduct.
Show up consistently for your best to take root.
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