This prompt comes from Coffee with Hallelujah and it’s not an easy one to write. I could have easily done it during that 9 hour drive back from Dallas, but it was too much to think about. So when do I decide to tackle it? Christmas. Because everything is easier on Christmas.
Name three excuses — stories you tell yourself that are holding you back — that you plan to let go of in 2013
I don’t know if I need three excuses because really I think that there’s just one.
I tell myself that I don’t have time. But the truth is that I have PLENTY of time. I just choose to use it in ways that are detrimental to my well-being.
There are hours of my life spent online, retreating from the world, that could be used to be out exercising, or preparing healthy food for my family, or writing, or taking photos, or reading, or cultivating relationships, or whatever. The amount of time I waste is ridiculous, and if any of my goals are to be achieved, I have to get into the habit of being more engaged with my life.
It would be easy to outline how I intend to go about changing that but the truth is the I’ve done all that before and then some. The most accomplished I have ever felt is when I first did this challenge. I’m going to sign up to do it again. I just finished a goal setting challenge but I have to say that while it was helpful, it wasn’t as helpful as the last time I did the Push Challenge.
There is truth to Chalene’s point that if you are constantly monitoring the to-do list, the list gets accomplished. I know this. I need to be reminded of it; I need to get rededicated to the practice. I’ve played around with the list recently but I need to get back to the practice.
All I can promise right now is that in 2013 I’m going to live by my list. Living by my list should give me the time to get done the things that are important to me.
If I have to give up two more excuses, they have to be that I’m not good enough and that I don’t deserve the good life I’m living…an imposter living in terror of discovery. I am good enough. I do deserve it. And 2013 is the year that things get even better.