I have always been a person of action. I don't know why, but whenever I feel I have a task to do, I HAVE to do it right now or very soon (otherwise my forgetful mind may just work against me).
I was a lot like this in college, where I would receive a project and do it the next week, even if it was due in a month. Why did I do this to myself? Because I wanted to get it out of the way. I am a strong believer in the mentality of work THEN play. I liked to get the task out of the way so I didn't have to think about it anymore later on. That way, there was no stress and I didn't have to procrastinate. In fact, I almost forgot to submit my projects, even if they were already finished!
Being a person of action also means wanting to bring about change in not only my life, but in others. When I heard people making excuses and saying they didn't have time to do certain things, I gave them some advice on time management. Sometimes, they realized that they were just making excuses and then got to work on what they had to do.
I haven't accomplished a monumental amount of things in my life, but I have learned to prioritize exercise, self-fulfillment, and family. If I can do it, anyone can.
So this weekend, when someone told me that they did not have time in their busy schedule to do ANY form of exercise, I found that to be slightly unbelievable. I started my workout journey doing 10 minute YouTube videos. I slowly started piling them on and eventually created my own workout routines. Through that process, I managed to lose 20 lbs.! Now I workout in the gym with my own workout plan.
This weekend, those words rang out in my head; If I can do it, anyone can.
When I told her that she didn't need to set aside time to go to the physical gym and that she can do some yoga in her living room, she said she didn't have the energy. I don't know about you, but I can't predict my future energy levels...sounds like an excuse to me.
After trying to convince her, I noticed I was going around in circles and decided to stop. Instead, I heard the voice of someone frustrated with her life, wanting to take action, but taking no steps towards that direction.
People can help you, but they can't do the work for you. In reality, it is all about the way you feel about yourself and what you feel you are capable of.
I have often been scared to go into something I knew nothing about. but everyone starts somewhere. Starting as a beginner actually motivates you to keep going because you can look back, and see how far you have come. That is how I got into blogging, podcasting, as well as social media.
I have adopted this mentality for almost all things in my life (bungee-jumping is not one of them). In order to know our limits, we have to test them. It is only then that we will know more about ourselves, and know what we are capable of, or what we can tolerate.
You don't know until you try, so you might as well take the first step and try!