Time. Who has it these days? I used to always let the concept of time control me and stress me out. It still does at times, especially now that I have a child. As she gets older (she’s a toddler now), there are going to be projects, events, sports and sleepovers on top of the everyday activities. I’m not obsessing over it. But about eight years ago and further back, I would’ve been having mini panic attacks about it.
There was a time when I would get these awesome ideas for a project, or business, (or a blog like this one) but when I hunkered down to do something I would think about everything that had to be done, get overwhelmed about it, freeze and then throw it to the wayside. Some things I would only get so far and others I actually accomplished. But if things had to take “time” I would get flooded with all sorts of thoughts and excuses, then frustrated and impatient. I would think things like, “you’re too old/young”, “you don’t have enough training or experience”, “no one will take you seriously”, what about kids?”, “it’s too much money”, “what if I fail?”, and then my favorite, “there’s not enough time”.
Have you ever had any of these thoughts when you wanted to do something new and exciting for yourself? Something that you’ve put off for some time because of X, Y, Z? Have you started an exercise or nutrition plan and last only X amount of time? Restart, restart and then restart again?
So why do we do this to ourselves?
Of course there are family emergencies, work emergencies and the unexpected situations.
But we all have something we are passionate about, that you know will improve an aspect of your life or get you further in a project.
Guess what? We have 24 hours in a day! I’m not saying stay up into the wee hours of the night. I’m saying if it’s that important to you, you will find time somewhere in that 24 hours to do something towards it.
Here are 4 things that I did (and still do) when I decided to start my own fitness and wellness journey and coaching business.
1) Write down your top three priorities in life. This could be family, career, health, personal growth. Then write down your “why” for what you’re pursuing – lose weight, pay off debt, save money for house, car, vacation, etc., freedom of time, more connected to spirituality, improve a relationship. This is what will keep you focused on those days you become unfocused. How will your why benefit you and your priorities? What do you want to gain?
2) Write a list of all your obligations, including TV shows, sleeping and showering (seriously, those take time!). Now really look at your list and think about what could go. There is probably something on there that is just a “time filler” if you know what I mean. If it’s a TV show, I got three words: D.V.R! We are living in an age of technology, so tape it and watch it after you’ve gotten that activity done. Believe me you’ll feel better! If you want to read a book to learn more about how to improve in an area of your life, read for 10 minutes a day. Same thing with writing a blog, book or social media post, write for 10 minutes. You’d be surprised how far you get.
3) Schedule it in. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last, well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
I love that quote by Zig Ziglar. It’s so true though. If we didn’t bathe, well, you know what would happen. A yoga teacher trainer I had said something similar in a training regarding our home practice, “If you can find time to brush your teeth, you can find time to do yoga”. That hit me because I remember it to this day and that was 10 years ago. I had to ask myself in that moment, why do I do yoga and what am I gaining from it?
4) Ask for support or help. Sometimes these goals we set out to do can be scary or unbelievable! But we know, deep down, it’s what we want. Tell your spouse/significant other, family and friends what you’re doing and why it’s important to you. That way they know what’s going on and why you’re on this journey for positive change. Hey, they may even join you! When I started my post-baby weight loss journey, I told my husband that I was doing a 21 Day Fitness and Nutrition program and it involved 30 minute daily workouts and a meal prep day at last once a week. I also told him I was adding more healthy foods to knock out the not-so-healthy foods. Even if he wasn’t doing it with me, when it was time to workout, he would be with our daughter for that 30 minutes, or I would do it after she went to bed.
I know you’re probably saying, “yes I know this already”, or maybe you don’t. Or tons of “what ifs” are coming up right now. If that’s the case, write them down and dump them out of your brain now. You’re WAY better than your excuses, and you deserve to be happy and healthy person in all areas – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Time presses on. So what ARE you waiting for?