Have you ever found that you are constantly reinventing and changing plans? Continuously thinking about the “someday”? Reinventing a food plan, a workout plan, a business plan, an entire life plan?
I started thinking about planning and reinvention recently on a run. I embarked on this run when I did because I had to find a way to navigate towards some level of clarity within the cloud of frustration that had been dragging me down. I was frustrated with my personal planning and self-care, because I’ve had so much going on that I had neglected it for myself.
As a health coach, I am acutely aware of the obvious fact that when my personal self care is failing, I am failing myself. Yes, the health coach, who preaches self care, hasn’t been caring for herself. She’s been caring about restaurant construction, grand openings, feeding others and other personal musings around her.
It’s the classic story of the shoe maker’s son who wanders around completely shoeless.
While running I stumbled upon the clarity I had been chasing. I was trying to change too much at once. Sometimes, there’s nothing wrong with going back to basics.
When I felt my self care flying, full speed out of control, I decided yes, go back to the basics. Truth is we try to take on too much at once.
We know we want to reinvent and get a plan, but we don’t know where to start. Suddenly, motivation to change something becomes a spiral of needing to change EVERY last aspect of ourselves.
The best solution for reinvention and personal progress is usually one thing at a time. Baby steps. One foot in front of the other. So, I’ve decided to align myself with the practices I preach. I will go back to basics for my self care. By streamlining I will have more energy, time and focus to spend towards the piece of me whose turn it is to be reinvented - my business. I am reinventing a health coaching business that became a meal delivery business into a restaurant and juice bar business. All the pieces that led to this moment will still be ingrained within everything I do, just extended.
One thing I see in myself, clients and friends is the existence of peer pressure in regards to reinvention. You observe people close to you doing things that are working. They are losing weight. They are falling in love. They are getting promoted. So, our mindset shifts to the thought that we must change to mirror their achievements.
I recently had a client send me a link to a 21 day cleanse that a friend of hers was purchasing. She wanted my opinion, but I didn’t even need to look at it to tell her my thoughts on her doing it. This woman had just finished a 5 day juice cleanse, saw and felt amazing results and was still on a warrior path of transforming her health. What caused her to want to throw this other cleanse into the mix of the plan that was working for her? Her friend was doing it. Shared it with her. Besides the health issues with doing too much cleansing, after we talked it was obvious she needed to go BACK TO BASICS. Back to what had worked the previous month. Get her mentality and actions away from the peer pressure and back onto the path.