Today I am recommitting to this blog. I have put it on hold for quite some time now. As I’m sure you can attest to, things come up. Children, jobs, spouses, friends, and everything else under the sun will come up…if you are not committed. I wasn’t. As it turns out there were a few other things that I loved that I didn’t have the time for anymore. I didn’t like that feeling of giving up so I took some steps to stay committed to things that are most important to me. I am going to give you my list of things that I am 100% committed to and then I am going to give you my 3 steps to successfully commit to anything you have been putting off in your life. I used these steps in my own life and had great luck. I hope you do too!
YOU CAN DO IT!
My List for 2014
Taking my fitness routine to the next level
Unplugging after work to spend uninterrupted time with my family
Here is how I have been able to stick to prior commitments to myself and how I plan to stick to these as well.
Write down your commitments or goals
Make a list of all of your goals, aspirations, dreams, and things you wish you could commit to. Then list out why. Why would this make you happy? Why is this important? Maybe you would like to take a yoga class once a week to distress from work (great idea J) Next to each goal list the action steps that you can take to make sure you stick to this commitment. For instance, next to your yoga class you can write “put yoga bag in car, pack snacks for after work and before yoga, make sure my husband can pick up the kids this ONE day, etc.” Make sure you are very clear here. Be clear with your goals and be clear with your action steps.
Adjust your priorities
If this is truly important to you (and I suspect it is) then adjust your priorities to make it work! Get a babysitter to watch your kids while you are at yoga. Prepare everything the night before so you have no excuses not to go. Here’s the key: STOP MAKING BULLSHIT EXCUSES! Make the time! You are important and so are your goals! As soon as an excuse comes up to not do something, STOP, DROP, and FEEL. Feel the feelings of achieving your goal or sticking to your commitment. Go back to your list of goals and re-read WHY this is important to you. Visualize yourself during and after. How do you feel? I can’t begin to tell you how important this step is. This will help you manifest your end result and motivate you to take the next step.
Don’t be afraid to re-evaluate
I committed to an exercise class not too long ago. As luck would have it, things came up! I got busy with work and kids. I stopped going. But I was using these three steps so although I stopped going to the class, I started my own exercise routine at home instead. I re-evaluated my goals. My ultimate goal was to have a fitness routine. The exercise class was a good way for me at the time to stick to this commitment. However, it no longer served me and I took note of that. So I adjusted and came up with something even better! Now I workout at home and don’t have to leave my house in 14 degree weather! Check in with your goals periodically, and don’t be afraid to adjust them if necessary. Lastly, don’t forget to also celebrate how far you have come and how good it feels to stay committed and focused to something that you love!
Who is your inspiration/motivation? Today I have been thinking a lot about what keeps us going. Mentally, physically, emotionally, we all get run down once in a while. So who do you go to to bring you back up? I get a lot of my inspiration from motivational teachers. I actually have a dream team of teachers that I go to whenever I need a boost!
When my spirit needs a lift I go to Gabrielle Bernstein. She is a miracle worker and a teacher of A Course in Miracles. She is an amazing woman who inspires me daily to meditate, love, and believe in myself and miracles. She has two books (Add More ~ing to Your Life and Spirit Junkie) both of which are fantastic. Her next book about miracles is due out later this year. Gabby also has a social networking site just for women to connect, learn, and share.
Feeling run down and in need of a stretch? My girl Tara Stiles is an excellent yoga instructor. She is actually Deepak Chopra’s very own yoga instructor. She also has books, videos, a youtube channel, and a blog with wonderful advice on getting your body moving and your mind relaxed. I find her yoga videos to be challenging but very relaxing at the same time. But I need a real butt-whopping I go to Lisa-Marie of BodyRock.
For food matters I head over to Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Life site. I have spoke about Kris in other posts, she is just amazing. After being diagnosed with cancer in her 30s she took charge of her health and food choices. She completely turned around her life and became an advocate for healthy, cruelty free eating. Her Crazy Sexy Diet book is excellent. She is also coming out with a cook book later this year/early next year.
Lastly, for some business advice for women I turn to Marie Forleo. She has built an empire on giving women business advice and is a superb teacher. She also has a weekly video newsletter that she sends out answering her readers’ most burning questions. I always learn at least one thing when I tune into her channel.
Do you have a dream team? What/who is your motivation or inspiration? Check out my team of pros!
I am often times asked what I eat when I have a sugar craving or a craving for something comforting. As much as I would like to say that I don’t get these cravings often, it would be a lie. I try to eat VERY healthy but I’m only human, as are you, and deserve a break every once in a while.
I know we talk a lot about how to be in tip top shape by changing the way you eat. And I don’t want to feel like a hypocrite but I do cheat every once in a while and believe that everyone should. Just make sure it truly is every once in a LONG while 🙂
Although I try to pack myself some healthy snacks for work (such as fruit, dark chocolate, or almost anything from Chocolate Covered Katie), the occasional Oreo, pumpkin bread, or doughnut may creep its way toward my desk. And you know what? That’s okay. If I don’t have that small indulgence when the urge hits (and stays), I tend to have a big indulgence sometime later. So I cut myself a break and I have half the doughnut or just 1 Oreo. The key is moderation not denial. Don’t go crazy and don’t let it happen often. It sort of takes the fun out of it and that’s typically when guilt sets in.
Ah, guilt. My thoughts on guilt is that is sucks and it’s completely useless. What’s done is done is done. Ponder on it, learn from it, forget it. That’s it. Don’t stew in your guilty feelings because that will only promote more guilt, depressing thoughts, and negative perceptions. Good for nothing! So you had 2 pieces of cake, no biggie. Have a large glass of juice with dinner or vow to drink extra water the next day. Acknowledge how you feel and remember those feelings next time. We are repetitive creatures. Practice makes perfect.
So tell me, what is your favorite tiny treat to indulge in every now and then?