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Finding quiet moments in my day has been a dream I’ve had for a very long time. I have a list of all the things I’d like to get done. Not my daily task list, but the big things. Things like starting a daily yoga practice, getting outside more, building a multi-billion dollar business… you know, the things we all think about.
The problem is… rushing in the morning to get the kids out of the house and get to work, or coming home at the end of the day, who really feels like doing any of those things. Sitting like a zombie on the couch for a few minutes, scrolling on my phone, feels like relaxing.
The problem is… it’s not.
The problem is… thinking that all those things are really the problem, when they aren’t. When you start a sentence with “the problem is…” you are really only starting out with an excuse about why you can’t do something.
No More Excuses
The real question is, is it important to you?
You don’t have to answer that. We all want to answer, “of course it’s important to me, but…”.
Our days are busy. We often don’t stop until we drop into bed at the end of the day. What if we decided that doing something for ourselves was worth waking up an extra 15 minutes earlier? What if we thought we were worth taking a half an hour after dinner or once the kids are in bed?
I shared a video with my subscribers recently, of a TedX talk from 2011 that had really inspired me when I saw it recently. The title is “How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over”. The talk was given by Mel Robbins, who went on to write “The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work and Confidence with Everyday Courage”. Mel starts the talk asking everyone to think of what they really want. Not what you tell everyone else, but what you think in your head. No fancy words. No dressing it up. What do you want?
She goes on to point out a really important fact – “You’re never going to feel like it”.
Do It Anyway
What does that mean? It means that if you REALLY want something, whether it’s a quiet moment or a big goal/change, you’re going to have to jump in and do it, even if you don’t feel like it.
If you want to know what that looks like, it looks like setting your alarm clock for 15 minutes earlier so you can stretch in the morning. It looks like going for a walk after dinner. It looks like modeling to your kids what taking care of yourself looks like, so they will know that they should take care of themselves too.
Make those moments for yourself. You are so worth it.
So, What’s Your Plan This Week?
You thought I’d leave you without giving you homework?? Ha! But don’t worry, I’m giving myself the same homework. Baby steps.
I will make time for at least 2 yoga sessions this week. 15 minutes minimum. Realistic goals.
What are you going to do for yourself this week?