What is shaking you up in your life right now?
What has knocked you off your feet – either literally or figuratively?
What is it that you just cannot seem to conquer in your life?
It seems that the most frequent comments I hear among the adult world are: “I am so stressed out!”and “I don’t have time!” and “I’m just so busy!”.
It is fascinating how we internalize this notion that we are victims of stress, time and busyness. Like we are completely defenseless, running in a hamster wheel, out of breath, often stumbling and sometimes falling – taken for a constant nauseating spin. We have adapted to simply reacting to whatever is thrown our way and often times, we are not prepared, nor do we have the resources to react in a way that helps us to actually master the bump with grace, strength and wisdom.
To actually start living our lives to the fullest, we need to seriously shift our mindset, our thinking and our locus of control. Life is scary, it is hard, it is often unfair – but continuing to point our finger at something or someone else to take responsibility for which is actually ours to carry, will not take you on the path to living up to your fullest potential. Are you not tired of not being able to live exactly the way you dream of?
Look, do not misunderstand me. I know that we cannot control a lot of things that are thrown our way. But I believe that we CAN choose how we respond to it. I also believe that we can train to be ready and fit for those moments in time where things shake us up, knock us off our feet or where the battle seems endless. Will you freeze? Will you stay down? Will you give in and give up?
If you are tired of being stressed, too busy or not conquering these hurdles in front of you, and you are ready to get off that hamster wheel, I am cheering you on! Do it! Today is a great day to start taking responsibility and making positive choices!
This choice will require a number of important elements, such as being honest with yourself, re-organizing your priorities and values, re-organizing your activities, schedules and relationships. It will require you to add new things into your life and cut out others. To help you with a framework, I will share a basic concept with you today.
I believe there are four key areas, in which we have to make daily choices and take responsibility in. Once we begin doing that, we will start building up strength, flexibility, endurance and ultimately resilience.
1. Care for your body
2. Care for your mind
3. Care for your spirituality
4. Care for your relationships
For each of those areas, we need to create intentional goals and a specific plan of daily action. Rather than reacting, we start living a life of training, preparation and execution. You will start feeling more balanced, more at peace and in more control. And the beauty is, even when you do get knocked down, you will not stay down for long, because you have trained to be unshakeable.Being unshakeable does not mean that you will not fall – it simply means you are prepared to fight and you have built up resources to be able to fight.
To get you started with some specific tasks for each of those areas, I will give you some simple, easy, general tasks below, that will give you an idea how you can start your training.
1. Start incorporating 30 minutes of intentional exercise into your daily routine (even if you have to break that up into three 10-minute bouts)
2. Create a gratefulness jar (use an empty vase and cut up a bunch of blank little pieces of paper). Every morning, write down one thing that you are thankful for and put it in the jar.
3. Spend a few minutes every day in prayer. If you do not believe in anything greater than you, then meditate on the complicated, yet extraordinary way your body and mind function.
4. Pick one person in your network each day and send a message of care, kindness, love or encouragement.
To live your life to the fullest and to be unshakeable, you must choose to change, take responsibility and get off the hamster wheel. You are strong, beautiful and capable. You have been created an extraordinary being and it is time to unlock your potential. Do not hold yourself back. Become unshakeable!