I was facilitating the bi-weekly mastermind I host last night when a common subject came up.
“Why do I undermine myself when I know it’s good for me?” one of the mastermind members asked, referring to her avoidance of drinking adequate water throughout the day.
Quickly, an echo of other voices chimed in. “Me, too,” one said. “I always feel better when I exercise, but for some reason, it’s so hard for me to start, or to keep my momentum when I do.”
“I know, right?” someone else added.
The truth is, most of us struggle in at least one area when it comes to acting on good habits that make us healthier, happier, more energetic, and successful. It’s a common human condition. But one of the ways I’ve found to protect myself from giving up and giving in, when I get tired of doing what’s good for me, is easier than you might think.
I call it the 90/90 rule for tending your dreams. If you click the link, it will take you to a recent 25 minute podcast I recorded on the subject, with details on how to enact this easy-to-follow plan. You can listen to it while you’re driving, exercising, working on projects, or simply resting. Or, if you prefer, you can find it on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0VCBLGQqxQ&t=42s
But when it comes to finding an easier way to do what’s good for you, I want to leave you with this thought. If you give in to those mental thoughts trying to undermine you when you want to get healthier, finish that project that’s been weighing on you, do something positive for your most important personal relationships, or to tend any dream that really matters to you, you undermine yourself. Days turn into months, months into years, years into decades, until before you know it, you can run out of tomorrows.
So, if you “know you need to do something,” then do it! Don’t give yourself one more opt-out, justification, or excuse. We were made to live an exceedingly, abundant life by our Maker, but it’s up to us to unwrap the gift.