I'm a third of the way through my 90 day journey and I have learned a lot. It has been full of both successes and major disappointments caused by my own excuses, but it's time to get back on track.
This journey does not have a linear path. Just as quickly as I have a high, it is followed by a deep low. My motivation and procrastination have gotten the best of me. I told you from the start that I wanted to be transparent with you, didn't I? Well, here goes nothing.
I started off super motivated and super strong, which was obvious on my Instagram - I was so hyped! I was blogging every single day and it was keeping me accountable. Every now and then, I would skip a day or two of blogging, but I would always make up for it. After awhile though, the game of catch up really wears on you. So why did I ever let myself fall behind in the first place?
Habit of excuses. Many of us use the excuse that we will "start tomorrow," or we will "do it tomorrow." Then, tomorrow comes and we find another reason to push it off until later in the day. The cycle repeats until we eventually give up completely and find a reason... I mean... excuse for it.
My nightly blog posts were keeping me accountable. Throughout the day, if I came up with an excuse to not workout, not study, or not work on my business, I thought about my blog post. Do I really want to write about all of the things I didn't accomplish today? Absolutely not! These blog posts seriously kept me on my journey. They were my accountability partner, and then I came up with the excuse to stop, and here it is:
"I am a life coach. No one wants to hear about my daily diary entry of how I did or didn't accomplish my goals today. I'll start writing only educational blog posts that inspire people and are related to what I'm learning with my life coaching courses."
I seriously convinced myself of that. I thought that focusing only on life coaching education was the right thing to do for my business. Life coaching is about helping someone turn their life, as a whole, into the life they've always dreamed of. Why wouldn't I show you how I'm doing that for myself too? Lead by example, right?
So anyway, I stopped writing. And stopped completely. Once I made the decision to stop doing the habit I was building daily, I fell completely off. To be honest with you, the only habit I have kept up daily for the full 30 days is my eating plan because that has always come easy for me. For awhile, it seemed like the only thing that kept me on track with my goals was this blog. Then, it hit me. This is a metaphor for life.
Whenever I was writing in my blog, I would do the things I promised to myself and to all of you. I would actually work towards all of my goals every single day. Now, picture yourself years down the road. Let's say you want to write an autobiography, or tell your grandchildren about your life. Would you want to tell them that you had a goal, but you sat on the couch and watched Netflix, or do you want to tell them that you worked every single day, had ups and downs, but ultimately put in so much time, effort, and love into your dreams that you made them a reality?
When you think about giving up, think about the story you will tell. Be proud of that story. And if you need a blog to help you build that story and keep you accountable, use it and show people what it really takes to build the life of your dreams - struggles and all.
From here on out, I will be blogging every day for the rest of my journey. I'll be honest with you. Some blogs will be long and personal, and some will be a short checklist of what I accomplished that day. Some will have great inspiration and knowledge to help you accomplish your goals too, and some will show my struggles and wins for transparency's sake for those of you going through a similar time. Either way, I am going to show up for myself, for you, and for my future.
Thank you for being you & thank you for being here,
About the Author
Leah Jean is a life & success coach to women worldwide, and a self-proclaimed confidence guru. She coaches and inspires women to create the life they have always dreamed of living by gaining confidence, knowing their self worth, becoming financially independent, and enhancing the quality of their daily life and career, all while maintaining a healthy foundation for their mind, body, and soul.