So often, we say we’re going to do something and then we don’t. Workout, write a newsletter, schedule in time for strategic thinking on growing our business, get through the pile of bills, clean our closets, meal prep on weekends, etc. (these are all examples that some of my clients struggle with).
We blame a lack of willpower, or time, or some other mysterious force outside of ourselves that just gets in the way. The truth is, follow through is just like a muscle; it stays weak unless we exercise it.
A friend and fellow yoga teacher named Joe has a t-shirt that says “Because I said I would.” I love the simplicity of the sentiment. Joe shows up. Always. For others, and I’d venture to guess for himself as well. Just because he said he would. How can you be a little more like Joe?
- Plan in advance what you’re going to do and when.
- Follow your plan.
Why, then, do so many of us (myself included) get tripped up on this? In large part, because we’re under the mistaken impression that we should, as much as possible, feel good in the moment. But as evolving humans, we’re meant to prioritize lasting pleasure and growth over instant gratification. This is hard, though, and runs counter to popular culture messaging that feeds the “I’ll do what I want when I want” narrative that literally steals so many of our dreams.
If I had to sum up in one word the quality we should be working to cultivate here, I’d pick trust. Think of someone in your life that you completely trust. You never have to wonder if they’ll do what they said they’d do; you just know they will. Two of my besties are like this. Do you have someone like this in your life? Whatever your answer to this question, what if you could add one more to the list, and that person was you?
This week, schedule in one or two things you’ve been putting off. Things that you know will feel so good to get off your plate. Then, when the appointed time arrives, just do it, whether or not you feel like it. Consider this a sizable deposit into the trust account you have with yourself.
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