We just turned the clocks ahead… the thrill of spring is in the air.
The crocus are poking their stems through the mulch. Kind of like CrossFit for the plant world.
And then it happens, AGAIN.
Another Nor’Easter is upon us. JUST as we had visions of daffodils dancing in our heads…
Fast forward to today. The storm is here.
Given the predicted snow accumulation, all clients have rescheduled, but Franny (my hubby) still heads out for work at 6am. Leaving me with this…
A totally and completely open day that SHOULD be filled with the MANY things that I should be working on (such as my new service Get Lively OnDemand – coming soon!) yet, has me thinking about this….
I’m alone. Snowed in. No client obligations. Nobody else in the house (well, except Romy & Michele). And the kitchen is full of FOOD.
Wow. This is going to put all of my skills as a Health Coach to the test…
I sip my coffee for a good hour and a half (thanks to my Ember for keeping it warm!) as I watch the news and think about all the things that I should be doing today.
I hear my neighbor outside starting to push the snow around a bit and think… well, at least I’ll be shoveling all day and that will be good exercise.
But all I really want to do is EAT.
It’s 9am. I decide that I will make myself a really good breakfast.
Two corn tortillas, two eggs, two scoops of pesto.
And now it’s 9:18am.
And the cross roads are laid out in front of me…
Say to myself: SHREK IT and start assembling “healthy” chocolate cookies to bake (and likely eat the whole batch)
Go outside and start shoveling to “stay ahead” of it knowing that another foot is on its way
Get the HELL out of the kitchen and EASE my way into work by picking some low hanging fruit that needs to be done, but that doesn’t feel TOO challenging.
I chose #3. And that has put my in my office, writing this blog post.
As I am typing this very post, I’m thinking this:
Let’s break down the pros and cons:
Hmmm… two compelling arguments.
Let’s boil it down even more:
Pro – entertain myself for a total of about 45 minutes during the next 7 hours
Con – make myself feel like crap for the remaining 6 hours and 15 minutes
Even though I always say that my sister is the “numbers person,” maybe that’s what’s saving me today.
On bringing the joy…
Last week, I was blessed to participate in Brendon Burchard’s High Performance Academy. This four day event was the culmination of a 12 week high performance coaching course that I’ve been taking with my fitness and coaching guru, Anna Renderer.
For four days Brendon spoke to us about the habits of high performers and how people become extraordinary in life.
And now I’m going to warn you, this is going to sound dramatic. But so what, right? Right!
So here goes…
I’ve never experienced this level of sustained energy and joy in my entire life.
Despite lack of sleep, jet lag, and essentially being in a ballroom for four days without windows, with ONE speaker (Brendon), I had energy like I have NEVER experienced.
I was challenged.
I put myself out there.
Somehow I logged 15,000 steps a day while barely leaving the conference room…
…and along with 1,500 other people, I brought the JOY.
And after experiencing this and reflecting on the flight back home from San Diego, I made a commitment.
A commitment to all of you to:
To help you find YOUR lively.
To help you find the humor, the kindness, and the joy in each day.
To CHALLENGE you to make it happen.
And I am accepting this challenge along with you. To Bring. The. Joy.
Brendon quoted Viktor Frankl many times, specifically this statement made by a man that survived atrocities that no human should endure:
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
So I ask:
Do you choose your attitude EACH day or do you act based on your REACTION to others?
Do you SET an intention for HOW you want your day to go or do you REACT to what plays out?
Do you choose to live a life filled with JOY or do you go through the MOTIONS?
Ask yourself, write down your answers, and remember that the last of all human freedoms is to choose your own attitude. So choose wisely.
Please share your answers with me, I’d love to hear from you and we can hold each other accountable for bringing the JOY.
And if you want to learn more about Brendon, check out this feature in Success Magazine.