Aligning the actions we take today with the goals we have for tomorrow.
The success we want is not in the once-in-awhile stuff. The success WE want is in the every-freaking-day stuff. It comes from the habits we do and how they compound over time through our repetition. They are our habits and we believe that they have a purpose. We don't change our health with one salad and we don't give away all the work we have done by having one ice cream sandwich. It comes down to what we do most of the time and making sure our actions align with what we say we want.
Here are three common goals and ways to do a self-check if our actions are aligned with them.
GOAL: More confidence/self-love
Did you talk to/about yourself today like you believe in yourself?
The words we say today will lead to the actions we take tomorrow. If we speak like we believe, then we act like we believe. If we remind ourselves of our strengths, then we take actions that support them. If we speak as if what we want is already true, then we act like it's true too. Your body will not take any action if the mind tells it not to bother.
GOAL: Weight loss/better nutrition
Did your plates reflect your goals today?
Change our plates, change our fates. What we put on the plate (most of the time) should reflect the nutrition we seek. Sure, we can have a treat (this is for life and life is not perfect -- I am not even sure what perfect looks like???) but think about the patterns of our meals, the groceries we buy, the effort we put into our prepping and planning for the week. Those repetitive actions lead to the changes we want.
GOAL: Better health/more strength/more energy
Did you incorporate movement today?
Lifting our bodies can lift our moods and raise our vibes. Sure, we are all busy and feel like we are moving all day with errands and kids, etc. However, purposeful movement looks and feels different than daily activities. If we want to feel different than we do most days, then we need to move different than we do most days. Even dedicating 15 daily minutes (dancing, walking at lunch, yoga, HIIT, etc.) can get the endorphins going and motivate us for more movement tomorrow.
We have the power to change our lives in any way we want! It begins with what we think and is followed by what we do. It is found in our daily routines and can be built by repeating over and over and over. On the good days, the tough days and all the days in between. We need to create the life that we say we want through the work. And even once we reach those goals, we continue to repeat in order to keep them.
Interesting thing about this type of work though, once we begin to do it and see the changes become reality - we WANT to keep them. The habits we put so much time into building eventually become just parts of our days (and we feel the difference if they are ever absent). What seemed like work becomes routine that we can lean on when other parts of our worlds feel turned around.
Good habits are tough to break too. And they all begin with taking action.