Turn Your Can’t Into Can

We have all heard the cliché “small steps can lead to big changes” but to many of us it can seem daunting at times to make that small step in the right direction towards our goals. It can be overwhelming at times when we look at what we want to accomplish whether it be in a month, 3 months, six months, or even a year.

The objective is to look at the goal not view it as lofty or a dream. But to look at it with objective and setting up attainable goals  reaching for your ultimate destination. Some people find it frustrating when they do not see immediate results whether it be working towards that first 5km run or fitting back into an old pair of jeans.

It is easy to say “I just can’t do it.”

I know I have said it many times over the years and have given up. I know too well what happens when you give up on yourself or your goals. We begin to create cycle of self defeat and before we lose to that battle it is imperative to break that blockage in our mind.

The trick it to turn your can’t into can with the simple language that you use each day. A simple example: You wake-up in the morning and the last thing you want to do is tie your sneakers up to go for a run. It is easy to convince yourself with “I am tired. I just can’t do it. I need more sleep. I don’t have time today.”

This is when we falter because we are creating the habit of falling back into bed when we should be creating the routine of going for a run. Your 5km race is only attainable if you create a consistent routine in the time of day that you run and a proper training schedule.

So instead of saying “I just can’t do it” why not change your dialogue by asking yourself “How am I going to go for a run today?” The simple shift of asking yourself ‘How’ enables you to take control of your objective and reaching your goals.

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You empower yourself to get out of bed by thinking of the steps it takes to get you out the door to go for your run. The shift in your inner dialog becomes about getting out of bed, getting ready, lacing your sneakers up, and running out the door. It is back to reaching that attainable goal by taking the small steps to achieve it.

The question of “how am I…?” enables us to visualize the process to move forward in reaching our goals. It sets us up to look at the small details that will eventually lead us to reach the goals that we set up for ourselves.  Small actions do make big changes over time by building the consistent routine of showing up and working hard each day.

So when you feel like you just can’t ask yourself “How am I going to turn this can’t into a can?”

 

 

 

Reflecting on Your Week

One of the greatest factors in reaching our goals is visualizing and taking the necessary steps to achieve them. It maybe getting on the road to good health, planning for your first marathon, or just learning the basics to healthy cooking.  All of these are attainable goals and with consistent effort you will be on the right track to reaching them.

Your well-being is one of the most important when it comes to your overall health, your goals, and raising the bar for what you want to do next in your life. One of the best ways to stay on track and evaluate the direction that you are heading in reaching towards your goals is checking in with yourself.

Take a few minutes every Sunday to journal about your week. It is a nice way to stay focused on all the good in your life and what you can strive to do better. Here is a list of simple questions to help you evaluate your week and write about in your own journal.

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Opening a journal and writing can be one of the greatest ways to get to know yourself better, maintain focus on your goals, and help you to make the small changes necessary to improve your life. Pick up a pen, grab your notebook, and write! I look forward to hearing about your progress and how writing in a weekly journal has been working for you.

How Do You Spend Your Time?

Your time is the most important contributing factor when it comes to your career, family, wealth, and health. It is how you set your schedule for the day in which will determine how you obtain all of your goals and tackle your to-do list.  But time is also built around fostering relationships and following your passion. If we have no time or squander it then we sometimes feel as if we our failing ourselves and our relationships.

The problem is in the golden age of technology and social media we can easily lose track of time. We get caught in the cyclical vortex of  work emails, texts, Facebook, and Netflix.  It is before long that evening run that you wanted to accomplish for the day has been thrown out the window.

In our culture the act of being busy is expected of us but what if we slowed down from the  dirty dishes, the emails, and the texts in the evening. We began to make more time for the people in our lives, our health goals, or just to create an hour to follow our own passions.  How would that look and feel for you? Can you envision it?

Just take a minute to evaluate your time throughout the day.  Is your schedule working for you? What small change can you do to make it better?

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I  know from experience that bad habits do not break overnight. They take time to change and shift into something better. So what if we made one small change to our schedule for a month. How would it improve your quality of life? Your health? Your creativity? The Quality of Relationships?

As I run out of time on writing this post I challenge myself and others to take a minute to reflect on our priorities. Let’s figure out how to change our schedules from the importance of being busy or the time suck of technology to reboot our calendars and make one small change for something in our lives that truly matters.