Do you ever put Netflix on your calendar?
Do you pencil in ‘eat half a pie’ in your appointment book?
How about a daily alert on your phone to surf Facebook?
Blow off yoga on your to-do list?
Because you don’t need to. This ain’t your first rodeo. You’ve climbed that mountain. You’ve got mad skillz. You may even have better metaphors.
In fact, you could show an entire crowd of adoring fans how it’s done because it comes naturally to you. Recite plot twists on three of your favorite shows? Phhfft, child’s play. Disregard those down dogs? Om, yeah.
Not to steal your thunder, but you’re not alone. Most anyone can do that stuff. Including me.
Because it’s effortless. Look ma, no hands!
It’s the other stuff that makes you grip the handles and hit the brakes.
Goals. Dreams. Ambitions. Fitting into tighter pants.
You might be telling yourself you want these things, but can’t have them, because making change seems too hard, too much work or takes too long.
It’s the extra sleep you want.
It’s hitting the gym 3x/week, or your daily walk.
It’s letting go of the complainer friends.
It’s not giving anxieties and negative thoughts center stage, and replacing them with actions that move you forward.
Most people nod with intention, but stall with inaction.
That’s why it’s easy to stumble into distractions, and not success.
It doesn’t matter how you define success for yourself.
Success requires discipline, accountability, encouragement, and not eating too much pie (I checked).
Those are the things that deserve prime space on your calendar, appointment book, to-do list and your phone, and on the regular.
They can be big chunks, or small steps. For two minutes, or twenty. Saying yes, saying no, more often than not.
And before you know it, you’re stumbling forward.