Those that know me know that I talk a big game. Now it’s time for me to put some concrete actions behind all that talk. I’ve made a career out of helping other people get their shit together–personally and professionally. I am great at it and I love doing it. But the problem is that I am not always so great at doing it for myself, at least not consistently. Isn’t consistency, with anything, always the hardest thing?
I’ve taken some time away from this blog lately because I needed the mental space to figure out how I am going to walk the walk and get my own shit together. Where am I now, where do I want to go, and how am I going to get there? Back in January I wrote about my resolution for this year. It was fairly abstract, so I also came up with more concrete goals that I kept to myself. My number one goal for this year is to heal from my back injury and become stronger and fitter than I have ever been. Time is essential for me to reach this goal, but there is also a lot of effort involved. Time is passing, which means that my broken bone must be healing, but on the effort front, things have kind of fallen apart. I’m not taking care of myself as well as I should be. I’ve been spreading myself too thin and trying to focus on too many things. Getting healthy and strong is my top goal for this year, but it is not my only goal. In fact, I’m kind of embarrassed to admit how many goals were on my list, especially since I always force my clients to limit the number of goals they set!
So recently, as part of my effort to attain my most important goals, I cut my list of things to accomplish this year by more than half. That was hard. I like to achieve! A lot! And I’m really positive so of course I would look at my list of 50 goals and say, “Oh, sure I can do all of that! Piece of cake!” But if I want to achieve, I need to focus. Focusing means that I took my goal of being strong and healthy and determined what I need to do daily in order to achieve that goal. Healing from a broken back isn’t all fun and games, you know! In addition to the fun and I games I also need to: take my vitamins and supplements, sleep a minimum of 8 hours every night, and do trigger point every day. Three things that are much easier said than done, but I am determined to walk the walk and make them happen. No more inadequate sleep, no more skipping vitamins and trigger point out of laziness or distraction. No matter what, these are the things I will prioritize every day. My goal of health, strength, and fitness is itself important, but even more important is that attaining this goal will enable me to achieve all of the other things I want to accomplish.
Remember, if you have a lot of things on your plate or many things that you want to accomplish but you feel stuck or overwhelmed, start with your health. Taking care of your physical self produces results quickly, and those results (more energy, clearer head, and ability to handle stress better, just to name a few) will help you tackle challenges in other areas of your life with more ease and success.