I read something the other day that actually made me gasp out loud (and no, it wasn’t the number on the scale – rude!)
It was this:
“WE ARE AMAZING AT FOOLING OURSELVES INTO STAYING EXACTLY WHERE WE ARE!”
Mel Robbins, the author, went on to say, “Stop saying you will do it tomorrow. If you aren’t willing to do it today, it’s not going to magically become more important overnight!”
OUCH. How true is that?
There’s a reason why diets always begin on a Monday, and why we lie in bed at night and comfort ourselves with thoughts of how brilliantly we will eat, exercise and act tomorrow. Always tomorrow. Because it takes the pressure off acting now!
It’s real, and it’s human and we all do it. It’s also the reason why we often don’t reach our goals that we KNOW will make us happier, more confident and more fulfilled.
So what’s a girl to do?
I’ve recently mentioned a few things that I know have worked brilliantly in the past. But something struck me a few weeks ago when I was driving home from work – something so powerfully simple that it almost seemed to good to be true.
I tried it out over the past few weeks, and let me tell you – it actually works.
Here’s what you do:
You simply ask yourself this one question: “What would the best version of myself do right now?”
It’s honestly that easy. It quickly takes us out of the emotion (and excuses) we are feeling in that moment, and moves us into a more rational place of thinking what our best self would do.
Once we have identified THAT, it becomes easier to do. Because deep down, we all want to be the best versions of ourself (we often just shut her up with promises of chocolate on the couch while watching the latest episode of Suits!)
A close friend of mine recently emailed me and said, “Okay, this #LifeHack of yours actually works! I’ve been feeling so demotivated recently, like everything requires too much energy. My husband invited some friends from out of town to come and stay with us this weekend, and it’s honestly the last thing I feel like. I just want to stay in my PJs and not have to deal with people.
So I gave it a try. I asked myself what the BEST possible version of myself would do, and the answer was easy – she would make these people feel so welcome, would plan an amazing home-cooked meal for Friday night, put flowers and fresh towels in the Guest Room, plan something fun for the Saturday and generally make them feel as if their presence in our home was the best thing we could have asked for. I immediately knew what to do, and even felt energised about it. Who knew?
I’ve even used it over the past few days with regards to eating better, and getting some stuff done on my To Do list that I’ve been procrastinating for weeks. Who knows, you might even see me at Boot Camp soon!” she says.
It honestly is such a powerful tool – I wish I had started doing it earlier. But as they say, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears!”
At the end of the day, we often have to stop buying into our own excuses that only really keep us exactly where we are. And sometimes that’s fine – but not long term.
Long term, we want to be the best possible versions of ourselves. So let’s start tapping into that now, by asking that one powerful question: “What would the best version of myself do right now?”
Give it a try – and let me know how it goes!
A HUGE virtual high 5 to those of you that start Week 2 of Camp (and Week 6 of our 40 Day #BeatWinter Challenge!) Our trainers are in awe of you, all of us at Adventure Boot Camp HQ are in awe of you, and I have no doubt that you are inspiring and motivating people around you to dig deep and tap into their own best versions of themselves!