Does any of this sound even remotely familiar?
I’ll start after the holidays. For real!
When my guests leave, I’ll get very serious!
Soon I’ll have my fill of junk food and then watch out gym!
Or, and, then, if, maybe, but…..
In those quiet moments, do the doubts slide in? Does frustration come knocking at your door very often?
You KNOW a lot about those good foods and how great it feels to get your body moving.
Are you ready to do some excuse busting right now?
First, you are going to write a list. The title for this list will be ALL MY GOOD REASONS FOR NOT DOING IT. Write down every excuse you’ve ever used to avoid making those good choices. List everything. Add excuses you’ve use recently and those that worked for you in the past. Go crazy! List them all!
You’ll want to add to your list over the next day or so. Make your list visible and accessible. Give yourself permission to purge every wonderful rationalization, justification, cop out reason, alibi, and excuse you can think of. Write it all down.
Next, schedule a date for you and your list to spend some quality time together. Make sure no one interrupts you during this intimate date. Yes, turn OFF the phone. Step away from email, twitter, your blog or whatever! Now… Go through EACH item on your list and for each one, cross it off if you really know in your heart that the excuse is bogus. You can’t be a wimp while you are doing this. Be totally honest. Be firm with yourself. Let yourself be strong and capable and very sure of your priorities! If you have trouble feeling those things, just ACT AS IF YOU DO for this exercise.
What you have left are the things you’ll need to address with a problem solving approach. Sure, this or that might be a challenge, but you can brainstorm and / or test out approaches that will work for you! Find your way to the realization of your best self. You’ll be glad you did!
When you are done, congratulate yourself for putting yourself in charge of your life! Decide when you are going to sit down and create your first plan. Start as slowly as you need to assure your success. Don’t forget to build in rewards as you meet each mini-goal!
See you at the gym! J