As it stands I am in my due week of my pregnancy, this baby should be coming along anytime soon, and I cant help but look ahead. There is something hard about being in a situation that forces massive change to happen in your life but at the same time something truly invigorating.
Being the massive control freak that I am if there is one area in my life I don’t have control over there are other area’s where I decide to step my game up. Not to toot my own horn, but I think this is a serious valuable skill for a person to have. What you can not change or control…ACCEPT, and what you can have an impact on, make a move. However change is never that easy, but I think there are 3 key steps to making it happen.
‘Without a vision the people perish’ a favourite proverb of mine and one that holds so true, without an idea of where one wants to go, how can you expect to get there? Walking in the dark is a recipe to getting hurt, lost or even knocked out! So getting your vision right is an important first step for creating change. For me as shallow as it sounds, just looking at these pictures taken last year, I thought damn, my body looks kinda fly….I didn’t appreciate it then but I do now, and so, I am inspired. Creating mood boards, searching the internet, and looking up to others is a great way to give yourself laser focus and inspiration for what changes you actually want to see in your life. For me I like to create inspiration boards in lots of areas but specifically Relationships, Body & Business. My advise, determine your key life areas and get that inspiration up.
It’s all fine and dandy to be inspired, there are lots of people who are inspired, but never make any change. Most people walk around in the constant state of ‘I would love to….yadda yadda ya’, but never take any steps or make a move to implementing an idea of change or concept. But I wont knock them because action is the hardest step without motivation. Tony Robbins (one of my favourite speakers of all time) discusses the concept of leveraging pain and pleasure, and determining what matters the most to you and using it as a motivator. But in this day and age will power is often not enough, I love harnessing the technology around me from schedules, alarms and apps to keep me in check. You might have heard about a great app for those of us who are trying to get into shape. You basically earn ‘points’ for being active and working out and if that isn’t a motivator I don’t know what is. By syncing up with the healthkit on my phone, Earth miles monitors my daily activity tracking the distance covered walking/running etc then gives me points based on how much I’ve done. After all my activity points can be redeemed against various healthy rewards like money of fitness gear or free classes at the gym . There’s something about keeping regular track of something that makes you want to improve on it, and of course receive more rewards. Finally something as simple as setting alarms makes a big difference, sometimes I set myself an imaginary race or goal, something I have to complete before a specific time. Time boxing like this as silly as it sound creates great motivation. In summary you have to find your own motivations,that thing that triggers adrenaline in you to keep pushing, try apps, try alarms, heck try acupuncture, anything that is going to kick you up the behind to take action.
So you might have it all, the inspiration, the motivation, but sometimes there is that niggling sensation that holds you back. Call it a lack of confidence, call it fear, but please know it is a hinderance. I’m of the mindset in all my endeavours that failure isn’t the end, and if I am going to fail….’fail fast’. I apply this to EVERYTHING I do and it gives me the confidence to just try stuff. Confidence doesn’t just happen, it comes after a series of events going right and in some cases wrong over and over again. But the key steps to building the confidence is actually having those examples of events/steps to mentally pull from. If you haven’t tried anything you haven’t had the chance to build up that confidence muscle. The first step will be a leap of faith, so you will have to feel the fear and do it anyway…but take small steps to start with.
So there are my thoughts on changed laid bare for you all, lengthy but needed, your going to see so much of it from me in the next year and I cant wait!
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