I recently saw an ad for the drug Singulair. The tag line caught my eye. It said, “Someone who’s got what you’ve got is out doing what you’re not.” The model in the ad was exercising. The ad was for a drug for treating asthma.
But it made me think.
Every week, my clients and I set ‘weekly intentions’. These are things they want to focus on for the week. Things they want to achieve.
Sometimes they do.
- They take that walk.
- They wait to be hungry to eat.
- They say what they feel instead of stuffing down that brownie.
But sometimes, they are full of reasons why they didn’t make it happen. Why they didn’t do what will give them what they really want.
Yet, for every reason (or excuse) they come up with, there is someone out there who is doing what my clients WANT to do.
Someone who is saying no.
Someone who is making herself a priority.
Someone who is planning ahead.
So, how can you get yourself to do what you know you want to do?
First, find a good role model.
Not the friend you can call who will bring over burgers and fries when things don’t go as planned.
Not the co-worker who needs to take a day off when anyone criticizes her work.
Pick someone who is doing what you WANT to be doing.
Be aware: this is different from picking a celebrity and wanting to have her face or body.
This is picking a regular, everyday person, who lives a life similar to you, but who somehow manages to do what you don’t.
Because if anyone can do what you are trying to do, then you can too.
So stop looking at people who are struggling.
Look at people who are just a few steps ahead of you.
You can do this.