Just Do It!
Kathy Paauw

   

My family is full of educators, so fall represents a time for new beginnings as we head into a new school year.  In addition to observing my husband with new students, and my daughter gearing up for her junior year of high school, we are also hosting Elena, an exchange student from Barcelona, Spain.  Elena is also a junior this year and will attend school with our daughter.  She just arrived a week ago.  We enjoy observing her as she experiences many new beginnings.  I admire the courage it took for her to leave her family to come live with complete strangers for a year.

September is a great month to think about new beginnings.  Perhaps that is why we celebrate Self Improvement Month in September. . . and September 3 has been designated as Do It Day (Fight Procrastination Day). 

So what holds us back from just doing what we want to do?  I have asked myself that question as I struggle to make changes in some areas of my life, such as maintaining a healthier diet and getting more exerciseÖand Iíve discovered a few key ingredients in the process.

Humans have this amazing ability to align our actions with our expectations.  Itís called a ďself-fulfilling prophecy.Ē  Here is some self-talk that I typically hear coming from my clients. . .

. . . Iím so disorganized.
. . . Iím always running behind.
. . . I can never find anything when I need it.
. . . Iíll never remember to do that unless someone reminds me.

If you believe in self-fulfilling prophecy and this is your self talk, then what you see (in your mind) is what you'll get!  In other words, if you keep telling yourself that you are disorganized, always late, canít find anything, and will forget to follow up, then itís no wonder that this is what you continue to get.

What would be possible if you expected or imagined your future to be better than your present?  I bet that your expectations and actions would align to realize the future you envision for yourself!  Numerous Olympic athletes have used visualization to achieve amazing things.

When I wanted to begin an exercise program, I asked myself this powerful question:  What will be possible if I promise myself to work out 3-4 times per week?  My response:  improved strength, weight loss, a more balanced life, improved cardiovascular health, better bone density, improved muscle tone, stress reduction, improved self-esteem, more flexibility, and more energy. 

Then I asked myself:  What will it cost me to NOT make this promise to myself?  My response:  weakness, weight gain, poor cardiovascular health, deteriorating bone density and muscle tone, stress, poor self-image, less flexible, and low energy.  I now have a clear vision of what will happen if I choose to exercise and what will happen if I choose not to exercise.

As we focus on what we want, itís much more likely that our actions will follow suit.  For example, if you are driving a car and you begin looking at something off to the right, what happens to the car? You begin steering the car in the direction you are looking!  Another example. . . if I ask you NOT to think of the purple elephant sitting in the middle of your living room, what are you imagining right now?  Our actions tend to follow whatever we are focusing on.  Thatís why the movie theatres always show pictures of popcorn and soft drinks just before the movie begins.  They are counting on you to get out of your seat and buy what you just saw.

We need to take full responsibility for expecting our future to be as we want it to be.  Whether consciously or unconsciously, we attract everything that shows up in our lives by choosing our expectations and commitments.  If you donít like your present circumstances, you have the ability to decide how to alter your course.  You are the sole architect of your future.

As you live your week, remember your intentions and what the cost will be if you do not follow through. And remember this truth: Every time you say YES to someone or something, you are saying NO to someone or something else. What do you choose to say YES to in your life? What are you willing to let go of in order to make room for that burning YES within?


By Kathy Paauw of Paauwerfully Organized. Kathy's web site is a comprehensive resource devoted to helping busy professionals and small business owners de-clutter their schedules, spaces, and minds so they can focus on what's most important. Kathy is an organizing & productivity consultant, certified business & personal coach, and speaker. For free resources and valuable productivity tools visit http://www.orgcoach.net .

  
    

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