Accountability Challenge Week 38: Finding Your Happy Place.
Last week I was in the gym and had just finished up a swim workout when I bumped into my good friend Anthony. Even though he didn’t particularly feel like it, Anthony had gotten himself to follow through on completing his workout. He shared with me how he had had an internal battle with his own Power of Resistance-telling him that he didn’t need to do his workout today-how he was tired and how it was ok, to just skip the exercise he had planned.
Fortunately in the other corner-his Power of Persistence also showed up. Anthony described how he tapped into his own storehouse of positive artillery to overcome and defeat his Resistance-much of which he credited to the materials we have been sharing in this Power of Persistence program.
We joked about how he had drawn strength from pulling up powerful, positive memories of personal successes from the past to find what actor and comedian Adam Sandler in the move Happy Gilmour referred to as his own “Happy Place”.
For Anthony that meant picturing in his mind and connecting emotionally the successful completion of the extremely arduous, and demanding physical fitness regimens that he completed when he was in the military two decades earlier.
If he could successfully complete the physically and mentally exhausting marches and manoevres carrying 75-100 lbs of equipment, then he could surely complete his daily workout.
Whether it is a commitment to complete your workout for the day or to choose to make healthy eating choices, or to make your daily sales calls, the reality is we are going to feel Resistance. Each day we wage a silent battle between our Resistance to avoid doing what we know we must do to achieve our goals, and the Persistence, or positive powers of our dreams, and desires that move us another step closer to our goals.
One of the best ways to win this battle as illustrated with my meeting with Anthony is to go find your own personal Happy Place.
Where can you find your Happy Place?
List out as many Victories & areas for which you are Grateful from your present or past that you can. Go back as far as you like. Here are some possible examples:
* Completing your first speech in Toastmasters.
* Completing your first speech in grade school.
* Completing your first 5k, 10k, ½ marathon or marathon.
* Your first real job.
* Your first promotion.
* Your first sale.
* The birth of your children.
* The day you got married.
* The day you fell in love.
* The day you completed your workout instead of sitting on the couch.
* The time you went that extra mile in your job, at school, or at home.
* The day you choose to go goals and leave your comfort zone behind.
Go ahead and do the exercise. This will help to give you access to the powerful positive forces of Persistence that each one of us has within us.
The next time that Resistance comes to call to do what it does best-which is to stop us from doing the work that we know we must do to live the life that we were meant to live-you’ll be ready.
Go now and find your own Happy Place!
Thought for the week: “Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.” Benjamin Disraeli
Mark Hudon, CFP™, CCS™
Financial Fitness Coach, Certified Cash Flow Specialist™
Creator of The Core Conditioning Program™
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