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In a world where there are so many distractions and constant demand on our attention, we tend to ignore the things that are truly important like health, exercise and even those bigger goals we dreamed about years ago. When we think of taking a step forward towards that goal like taking on an exercise program, we often dismiss following through, thinking we can do it later, because we are too busy now. We need to stop succumbing to the distractions and take charge of the needle movers in our lives!
What does your day start like? Could I guess it goes something like this: Wake up to the sound of your alarm. Hurry up jump in the shower. Run down the stairs - the kids are already playing. Quick, make some breakfast. Hurry! Hurry! We need to get to school on time - STOP - Johnny, what do you mean you forgot your backpack at home? Quick rush back home. Oh no, I am going to be late for work! And the day goes on and on - just like that! Long have we forgotten that new year’s resolution that was made to drop those 20 lbs or to start working on that book we have been wanting to write or let alone that book we wanted to read. The problem is oftentimes our goals are so lofty that we just give up on them. They are overwhelming given all the other things on our daily to dos. Good news is you don’t think you have to choose, you just have to re-prioritize and make it happen!
“If you set your goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you!” Les Brown
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If you are not sure where to find the time, spend a week and jot down what you do every moment of the day. Reflect on the week and ask yourself where you can cut things out. Are you spending hours on social media, watching Netflix, waiting in the Starbucks line? You will find the time, and after all isn’t achieving your goals more important?
Once you’ve identified the time, shift your mind from making excuses on why you are not doing it and just do it! (sorry Nike). Then take your goals and chunk them down. It is easier to start with small steps and accomplish them. With each small step you achieve you will feel victorious and that will cause you to push on!
For example: Instead of just saying you are going to lose 20lbs, break it down and make it do-able.
“The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them!” OG Mandino
There are all sorts of goals and dreams and some can be much loftier like starting a business, but it doesn’t really matter - the steps on how to achieve it are all similar. The biggest thing you can do is commit! It is easy to say tomorrow I will start, but the key is to start now. Nothing will be any different tomorrow. You owe it to yourself to accomplish your personal goals & dreams. Try to step away from all the distractions that own you to make time for what will feed your soul. Once you do, you will feel invigorated and ready to accomplish even more. After all, life is not a dress rehearsal, we only get one shot at this performance.
So what are you waiting for? Do it now! Do it today!
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