Today is one of those days I just wish I had more time to do everything that is on my “to do list. I tried to squeeze too many errands in between nap times for my twins babies and ended up with 2 screaming babies in my car. Oh boy. And now I am feeling frustrated at myself for causing baby tears and frustrated that my chores and errands are not finished! While you may not have twin babies, I am sure you have felt your life implode perhaps for other reasons.
So BALANCE…how do we get it? How do we accomplish our goals while maintaining some sort of inner peace?
A good friend once introduced me to the concept of checking in with my values when making goals, structuring my schedule, and just living everyday life. What are your top five values in life? Do your actions and activities in your life support these values or are your activities and actions incongruent with your values?
I would challenge all of us to exercise our right to have direction in our lives and establish those top values. If fitness, health and weight loss is important to you, then ultimately you must make time for it or you will feel uneasy, frustrated and perhaps even depressed about it. If you also value feeling rested and refreshed, then perhaps 8 hours of sleep is a priority for you as well. So how do you make time for both??
It takes 21 days to establish a new habit. My challenge for the month of May is to change a current actions in your life to uphold and support your top 2 goals and values. Give it 21 days…a very consistent 21 days consecutively. Maybe the alarm is set one hour earlier to start the day with exercise, then at the end of the day, you need not worry about it, it is done and you can hit the hay knowing you have already exercised AND getting to bed early enough for that all important sleep.
How does TIMING play into all of this? Some goals and priorities are present at specific times in our lives. For me at this time in my life, mothering is a top value. I desire to be the kind of Mother who is available and present in heart, mind and body. I want to be the one who cooks them breakfast, lunch and dinner…reads to them…takes them to their activities…puts them to bed each night. Does it make sense then for me to fill my schedule with so many other commitments that I am not able to be available to my babies and 5 year old? No. However, perhaps after my children all enter school, I will have the spare time to dive into other life goals I would like to pursue.
What goals in your life deserve your attention right now?? What opportunities will pass you by if you don’t do it presently?
May Challenge: 21 days for your 2 top goals!