It's been one of those days. You know, where you start off feeling like you are conquering the world, and then one thing leads to another, and all of the sudden you wanna hide under a rock and stay there for a few days because you can't get your sh*t together.
Or so it seems.
You spill your coffee all over your shoes, you forget your phone, you lose your keys, you get a call from the sitter that she needs to leave early, you have an 'emergency' at work, you're out of cash and they don't take credit, you burn dinner...or all of the above.
Suffice it to say, we have all had those days where everything seems off. The bad news is that some of us see these days as tragic failures on
our part and we require 2-3 days beyond them to recover our self-esteem. What's worse, is that many of you aren't getting your act together when it comes to your health, your activity, and/or your nutrition. Unfortunately it is all too easy to let workouts and eating right slip by the wayside when we have a bad day and then use our lack of discipline or planning to be one more reason to beat ourselves us. I know because I have done it at least a thousand times. And I finally got sick of it. I'd say the reason I stay healthy is more to keep my self-esteem up than it is any other reason. I hate wasting time beating myself up for something that I could avoid if I would just do what IO say I want to do.
What do you want to do for your health that just isn't getting done?
Is it because you "still have to get the rest of your life figured out"? Well, guess what, life is moving on whether you are or not, so you might as well MOVE with it!
If you know what you need to do and you just aren't getting to it, here's some ideas to get you moving (and stop procrastinating):
- Declare your plans publicly: send out an e-mail, call 3-4 friends, post it on facebook. There is power in announcing your plans to the world. it makes it more official, gives you inspiration- and a great reason to keep going- you can't lose face in front of your friends!
- Put a date on when you will complete your goal and declare that publicly too: Putting a date on something helps you to know how to work backwards to get it done.
- Structure your calendar around what you want to get done, even if it means moving a few things around or getting help.
- Make up your mind that you won't let yourself go another week without getting through as much that needs to be completed as possible.
- Get an accountability buddy or Coach. I can't tell you how much having a coach has changed my life. We offer wellness coaching that can help anyone stay on task and focus in on what needs to be done so you can free yourself from the guilt trips and excuses.
Your greatest motivator is going to be your passion for why this is so important to you in the first place. For an added push, consider writing your goal over your mirror, save it as a screen saver, write it on your hand every morning...whatever you need to do to keep the task at the top of your mind and inspiring you to live with urgency around getting it done. In the end, what matters most, isn't always that you got the goal or get the task done, it's that spent your time with focus and intention to do the things that matter most. And that's getting it together all by itself!