Sometimes in life you get a little off track, and that’s normal.
The past month for me has been one of those times. In the months of February, March and April this year I was incredibly focused. I had new business opportunities, I was training for a speech contest, and I was on track with my gym routine.
At the end of April, I competed in a speech contest and placed second. With that result, my contest season was over for the year. Even though the result wasn’t what I wanted, I felt proud of my efforts.
Yet, as soon as the contest was over, my focus dissolved. An inner voice started to tell me to chill out, and take a break.
The next few weeks of May I had family visiting from Australia, and some fun times traveling with them to Vegas. After a few weeks of being together, I had completely lost my fitness routine, and had gotten off track with most of my writing and business goals.
Now don’t get me wrong: I am not blaming my family for losing my focus. After an intense few months, I needed a little break. But as the month of May went on, I started to let my family visiting be my excuse as to why I wasn’t on track. Which was total B.S. The truth is I got lazy and my family being in town was a good way to hide that fact.
As June started approaching, I could feel the effects of a month of no focus. I had gained weight, I had let my writing decline, and I’d done hardly any speeches.
Then last night, I heard an inner voice jeering me: “Get your shit together.”
The voice was from the person I want to be yelling at me to start behaving properly on the outside. Not in a self-loathing way, more in an army drill sergeant sort of a way.
And it was just what I needed.
For some reason, the harshness of the internal voice was motivating. Usually I am supportive and encouraging to myself. But the nice approach wasn’t enough this time. I needed a kick in the ass.
Sometimes in life you get a little off track. And that’s ok. But if you let your loss of momentum become a barrier, it starts to wear you down. It gets harder to get back on track.
Sometimes you need to get a little angry at yourself. You need to see the reality of your situation and admit it’s not good enough.
So, with the start of June, I am creating a new mantra: GYST. Get your shit together.
Here’s my plan for the month of June. A list of measurable actions that will help me get back into momentum and create the results that I want:
– 20 workouts at the gym
– 20 written blog articles between midsonshort.com and emerging speaker
– 2 audio podcasts on my soundcloud
- Submit my US citizenship application
- Get new business cards printed
– Weekly GYST video update on my facebook and youtube pages
I also have three new speeches booked this month at events, so I am going to aim to deliver huge value at each one.
This is a different type of blog than I’ve written in the past. I am sharing it both to keep myself accountable and also to show that I have times where I don’t have my life together, that I get lazy and make excuses.
I think it’s important to be honest about the struggles as well as the successes. As I keep myself on track this month with my new mantra, I encourage you to do the same.
Get your shit together.
You’ll thank yourself later.
2 thoughts on “Get Your Shit Together”
Yes, so much yes! I love this. I love writing my monthly goals posts on my blog – It truly holds me accountable! Can’t wait to see more of this from you!!
Thank you Laura, glad that it resonates! Excited to see what you create for the month as well 🙂 – DMS