Who you are on the outside may not always represent who you are on the inside. If you are perfect by all means perhaps this isn’t an article for you. This article is meant for the everyday perfectionists who are far from it, yet strive to become. If you know the feeling we are talking about, then keep reading.
Someone who obsesses over the small details knows that there is a balance between craziness and rationale. Some might call you “obsessive”, or “addicted” but these are the only words that they best know how to describe who you are. Perhaps you are someone who likes to work out, you love the way it makes you feel and you hate the feeling when you don’t go. Just because someone says you are a “gym rat” doesn’t enforce the label that has been given to you.
The statement above is important because life often puts you into a place or goes as far as labeling you without actually understanding you. It happens all the time, everywhere you go, to almost everyone. Not all labels are made equally. If you feel in your heart that the labels given to you don’t match the way you wish to be presented then perhaps now would be a good opportunity to assess, and review yourself with the opportunities that life presents to you.
The famed expression “The Devil is in the details” simply means that success takes work. Imagine if someone came to you and said “in 1 year from today you will become the person you’ve always wanted to be“? What would you do next? Though there are no perfect answers, the best answer of them all is “to do nothing”. Here’s why.
Do you actually know the person you want to be in 365 days from today? Most of us don’t. In fact, even the greats of our time such as Elon Musk or Hillary Clinton don’t even know who they want to be a year from now. What we do know is that they probably have some sort of sales goals, or projections for their current initiatives. Numbers are easy to measure, personal growth is not.
Internalization is a strategy that allows you to speak with yourself, and not in the crazy way! If you take it seriously, it could become an open dialogue that allows you to assess yourself in a critical, yet productive way. An actionable task that you could use today is to first start by imagining yourself and your life in Marco (1-2 years), Meso (6m-1 year), and Micro (4 weeks – 6 months) cycles. These are terms that have been used in the fitness world of programmatic planning for their clients, but the important thing to take from it is the time frames.
With timing in mind, embrace the thought of the person you would like to be by coming up with a list of questions to ask yourself. This is called visualization.
- What does she do?
- Who does she hang out with?
- Who is she?
- How does she do it?
- Where will she live?
These are a few vague questions, but allow yourself to dig as deep as you would like. Only when you have an idea of who it is you would like to become with an estimation of how long it will take, will you be able to execute your plan.
Lastly, after internalizing and visualizing, you must start planning. You need something that keeps you honest, something to stand by when things get tough because they will. Even if smiling more was one of the doable steps to being a happier person in a year, you still need to find a reason to smile when the world doesn’t give you one.
If you are one of the lucky ones that woke up today be grateful. There are many who don’t have this fortune. Once you’ve acknowledged this you must make an important decision. Who will you be today? Everyday when you wake up you are given the opportunity of a fresh start. An opportunity to set the pace for the day, the week, month or year. The opportunity to make a statement. Remember there are always two sides in a story, you cannot have a protagonist without an antagonist. Which ever role you decide, the choice is yours. Saying I can is as easy as removing the “t” in can’t. Smiling is just the opposite of frowning, and doing is the better side of avoiding.
This takes practice and diligence. There are many things outside of your control that will have a resonating effect on you, but view these things as a test. If you made the decision to commit yourself to a something greater than yourself, you will undoubtedly find a way through what ever “it” may be.
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