Well hello again! I’ve taken a little blogging hiatus this past month to reconnect with myself, my purpose, and set my goals for the year ahead. (Sometimes it’s necessary to unplug from the busyness to figure out if we’re really leading the life we want to live.)
During this time of self-reflection, I realized that I’ve finally shifted a cranky old habit that had been holding me back. And in doing so, I’ve made more progress on my goals and felt more content with my body and life than ever before.
I’ll Reach My Goals…When This Happens
For many years I believed that external circumstances had to change before I could reach my goals. It was a mindset of “when this happens, that will happen,” and it was a real thorn in my self-love side.
Here Are Some Examples Of This Way Of Thinking
- When I got a job at the new Pilates studio… I would be able to improve my fitness and flexibility
- After I reorganized my kitchen… I would cook more at home
- If only I could take a vacation…I would feel happier and more motivated to do my work
- By relocating to a new city…I would naturally become more confident and easily make friends
- When I reached my goal weight…I would love myself and respect my body
But changing my external circumstances rarely impacted how I felt inside, and it certainly wasn’t the magic bullet that would take me closer to my goals.
Obviously, working at a new Pilates studio isn’t enough to make me fitter (that would take doing Pilates). And having a streamlined kitchen with the latest high-tech equipment won’t actually put a healthy meal on my table at night (that takes me shopping, chopping, cooking, and plating).
But for years I convinced myself that it would.
It’s easy to blame our inaction on circumstances outside of our control, but it’s also lazy. All it takes to upgrade your lifestyle habits is to (a) decide to do it, and then (b) just do it.
Taking imperfect action before you’re ready, and believing that you can achieve whatever it is you put your mind to is the foundation of self-love and lifestyle contentment.
Stop waiting for all the puzzle pieces to fall into place. Stop making excuses as to WHY you can’t take action today. And then commit to making the changes that will ultimately change your life.
Spending more time doing and less time thinking has been a game-changer for me, and I think you’ll find the same!