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But I’m Just So Busy!

Want to finally do something you’ve been putting off forever? 

Try these MotherFKR steps:
Make the time
Find the tools 
Keep it up to make a habit
Remember to be grateful

Making the Time…
This is sometimes the HARDEST part, right? Writing out a “Stop Doing List” helped me magically create more time in my life:
Right now think of five things you do every day that waste a bunch of your time. For example, I replaced listening to talk radio in my car with listening to audio books.  I replaced Netflix before bed with meditating. I replaced reading news in the mornings (which just depressed me or enraged me) with a 6 minute zero-sweat work out. 
(“Stop Doing List” recommended by Jon Butcher’s Lifebook System)

Find Tools and Tricks…
When I want to start something new, here are some tricks I’ve used:
Gamify It – Author Vishen Lakhiani recommends making a game of it.  He tried to see if he could make enough money off his first business to fund one Starbucks coffee a day.
100th Birthday Speech – Consultant Marcia Wieder recommends writing out the speech you’ll give at your 100th birthday party. This is an awesome way to hone in on what is really important to you. Then, notice how much of your day is spent doing something that’ll make that speech really true.
Parkinson’s Law – Writer Tim Ferriss recommends giving yourself a slightly impossible deadline, then making a commitment to someone else who’ll help you to keep it.

Make it a Habit…
Do it first thing in the morning 
Prep the stage (find your running shoes the night before, put the juicer on the counter, etc)
Start small (give yourself a real chance to succeed, by starting small and minimizing the chance for excuses and never-ending delays)

Be Grateful…
Feel it, say it out loud, or even sing it. “I’m so damn thankful I’m doing this!”

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MicroGoals

Setting Micro Goals in 3 Magical Steps…

1) Make it so incredibly TINY, it’s too embarrassing NOT to do it! (Ex. Today I will complete ONE sit-up. You will likely end up doing a least a few more. Either way, this builds confidence and forces you to start moving in the right direction.)

2) Make sure it’s TIED to a larger goal that’s linked to your values and makes you a healthier, happier human. (Example, if I set a micro-goal to boil one egg, but I despise cooking and find no value in it, then it’s not the right micro-goal for me. But, if I’ve always wanted to learn to cook, yet never seem to find the time, then I’m on the right track.)

3) Do it at the right TIME. Do it before you check you Instagram, text your boyfriend, or eat breakfast. This way, you get it done before being bombarded with distractions AND you can reward yourself afterward with a muffin and a latte!

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