Simple and yet very powerful solutions
Sometimes the most effective way to reframe what we feel or think is through simple solutions.
These three things will help you get to where and who you want to be.
1. Be prepared
One of my favourite high school teachers used to say “Soldado preparado no muere en guerra” which translates to “a prepared soldier does not die during a war” (which might be a little too optimistic in a literal understanding, but you get it, right?).
Being prepared can save your life, or at least your day.
This preparation can mean making a list of all your shopping, or washing the dishes before bed instead of watching another episode of our latest addiction, or bringing an umbrella even if it's an OK day because you never know how the weather might change in England (or Panama), and so on. Now it's your turn - try to find a way to prepare yourself for the day/week/month ahead.
2. Remove distractions
Distractions can be what shiny objects are to crows or magpies, irresistible. And at the time they might feel like an excellent excuse to use our time and energy. And what is procrastination if not a big ass shiny object to our crow-like brains?
But procrastination or distractions, in general, might be just the tip of the iceberg. Underneath the water, there are fears, limiting beliefs, self-defence mechanisms, internal conflict, trauma…
The good thing is that the best person to help you is in the reflection of the mirror (yes, I love Mulan, she is my favourite Disney princess).
The first step to removing distraction and/or procrastination is to recognise what is happening. And then using our radical honesty to find what is happening underneath the waters.
- What am I afraid of?
- Who is benefiting from me being distracted?
- How will this impact my long-term goal?
- How is my procrastination protecting me?
Try journaling the answers to these questions.
3. Challenge yourself
Without challenge, there’s no growth. That's why when we are working out in the gym we gradually add more weight, more repetitions or different movements to our routine. In life, we need challenges.
Sometimes these challenges might come by themselves, bad timing being the cherry on top. This might feel inconvenient and perhaps the last thing we want to do at the moment is to “thank the universe” for yet another untimely opportunity for growth. But, don’t underestimate the power of gratitude.
We can also take power over how we are being challenged. Evaluating how we have been doing something and deciding what little baby step we are willing to take in order to embark ourselves on a voluntary adventure towards growth.
- If you are trying to live a healthier life, or are already living a healthy-ish life, maybe there’s an event you can join to give you a clear milestone to focus ahead.
- If you are trying to learn a new language maybe plan a trip to a small town where they speak the language you are trying to learn or an even smaller challenge can be to find yourself a book you want to be able to read in that language.
- If you want your career or business to grow, think about: How can a challenge help me get to where I want in the next day/week/month/years/decade?
These three things will help you get to where and who you want to be only if you are willing to take action.
Sometimes trying to focus on these ingredients can feel overwhelming and hard to keep accountable. That's why it's important to remember we don’t have to do it alone.
Whatever you do, remember the wise words of Albert Einstein, “You never fail until you stop trying.”
Feel free to save this post for later or share it with others if this post helped you a little bit today. Thank you for reading. As a well-being practitioner, I can help you on your journey towards a balanced lifestyle, mental clarity and getting in touch with your authentic self. If you want someone to help you feel prepared, remove distractions and challenge yourself, I can help you. In the last three years, I’ve helped clients in Europe, Asia, America, and Africa to gain clarity, live a more balanced life and ignite their self-belief.
To start your journey together, book an exploration call (available on my website) or simply get in touch if you are curious about how. I’m happy to help.
Un abrazo grande!