Do you keep your word?
A simple question, with a not-so-simple answer. Let’s be honest here, you probably read that and thought to yourself, well of course I keep my word. When Suzy Sunshine asks you to go to her brunch on Sunday and you tell her yes, she knows that you will follow through and be there. Now that is a wonderful thing, and I truly hope you are that person that everybody can count on. BUT. Do you keep your word to yourself? When you tell yourself you’re going to work out, or stop eating dairy, or fold the laundry, or whatever else, do you follow through like you do for others? Hmmmm, OUCH. I’m guessing your answer is probably not, amiright?
YOU Should Be YOUR Priority.
Now, this does not mean be selfish, or to put your needs above others. If your neighbor gets a flat and needs to be picked up, but you’d rather go get coffee, be a good person and lend a helping hand. Coffee will be there when you’re done. A word I want you to keep in mind throughout this post is moderation.
What I mean when I say you should be your priority, is that your words should have the same merit when addressed to yourself, as they do when addressed to others. Now I don’t know about you, but that was a serious wakeup call for me. It sounds easier said than done, because we actually have to REWIRE our brains! All those times you told yourself you were going to get up earlier, but you didn’t? You taught your brain to keep sleeping in. Every time you said you were going to workout, but you never did? Now your brain basically rolls your eyes when you tell yourself you’re going to, because it is wired to not believe yourself. CRAZY, RIGHT?!
Luckily, we can rewire our brains to be exactly the kind of person we want to be. Well okay that was a pretty serious statement… but it’s SO dang true. We as humans, and as a society, are super big on EXCUSES. It’s easier to make excuses then to look in the mirror and realize there’s no reason we couldn’t have done x, y, or z, but instead we are our own biggest obstacle, and we are lazy. Yep, serious truth bomb, and I want you to really understand it, so I’m going to say it again..
WE ARE OUR OWN BIGGEST OBSTACLE
Habits You Need to Start to Rewire Your Brain NOW
Change is all about building new habits, and habits require time and patience!
- Start small, if you don’t already make your bed everyday- DO IT. DO IT everyday for at least 21 days and before you know it, you’ll do it without even thinking.
- Start waking up 30 minutes earlier, and gradually increase that time until you get to your desired time! i.e., if you wake up at 9, start waking up at 8:30, then 8, then 7:30, and so on and so forth.
- Create a morning routine.
- Keep a schedule
- Set small, daily goals.
- Don’t go to bed with dishes in the sink.
- Create a nighttime routine- this will help set the tone for the morning as well!
- Think positive. I truly believe in the phrase mind over matter! Life isn’t about what happens to you, but rather how you react to those things.
Strive for Success in Every Aspect of Your Life
Wowza, sounds pretty corny, I know. BUUUT, it’s so beneficial for your mental and physical health. To be honest, this whole concept is new for me. I didn’t really think that all the mundane, daily tasks had anything to do with my bigger goals in life. So what if I don’t have a morning routine? So what if I don’t make the bed? I’m still going to work my butt of on my blog. WRONG. It is so much easier to hustle, and to be successful if you hold yourself accountable for every little thing in your life. There’s a reason successful people are successful. And I guarantee you they didn’t slough off their daily tasks. When they tell themselves they’re going to get x, y, and z done, they actually do it.
Take Nike’s Advice and Just Do It
Seriously, it’s that simple. Just do it. If you’re having an internal debate, tell yourself to suck it up and do it. You will never regret doing it, but you will regret not doing it. Yes, it’s going to be hard at first. You’re going to want to quit and revert back to your old ways. But if you want to be successful and reach those big goals, you must first be successful in your daily life.