It’s easy to say “I want to get in shape”, “I need to lose weight”, “I’m trying to quit smoking”.
Sometimes we have the desire to do something to improve our health, but we aren’t really ready to do it. We subconsciously voice our desire as an intention, but we are not taking action. All of our energy is being put into TRYING to get in shape, lose weight, quit smoking. It’s almost as if we believe talking about it is going to actualize our desire. If we took that same energy and put it into ACTION, wow, what a success that would be!
1st Challenge for this month: When you find yourself thinking or saying “I want…” “I need…” “I’m trying to…” change it to “I’m getting in shape today”, “I’m losing weight”, “I’m quitting smoking”. And do it.
Better yet, for you “all or nothing” people, stop yourself from completing the sentence and at that very moment take action toward your goal. Do what you were about to say. Do something no matter how small that takes you one step closer to your goal. Instead of saying “I’m trying to quit smoking”. Stop yourself and do something that will keep you from smoking at that moment.
Turn off the auto pilot and think about what you are actually saying.
I looked up the following words; want, try, get, and quit. Want means to desire or wish for something. Try means to make an attempt or effort. Remove yourself from that zone and achieve what you desire. Get is absolute, it means that you have obtained, received, or earned something. Quit means to give up; relinquish, to abandon or put aside; to cease or discontinue. Hmm.
2nd challenge for this month:
I call this a secret challenge or private challenge, whatever works for you. Write down something you want to achieve this month. Put it in an envelope and seal it. At the end of the month open it and see if you achieved your goal. The deal is you can’t tell anyone what your goal is. You can’t advertise it to your family, friends or co-workers. This month actions are going to speak louder than words. See if you can achieve your goal without announcing the play by play along the way.
"Do. Or do not. There is no try." -Yoda (for my friend and training partner, Sam)