On New Year’s Eve, I decided 2015 was the year to prioritize some things that I had been ignoring. For example, after ignoring severe back pain for nearly a year, I finally decided to see a doctor, get X-Rays, and ultimately see a chiropractor. I can’t believe I waited so long.
Why did I? Time. I don’t have much of it, and just thinking of scheduling appointments and beginning the process was unappealing. But the start of 2015 brought me lots of motivation. I’m getting married this year, so it was a good reason to assess all areas of my life so I could make this my best year yet. But it recently occurred to me that every year should be a motivation, no matter what’s on the horizon. As we get older and life gets more complicated — and time becomes so much more precious — it’s all the more important to commit to what matters to you.
So if you’re in the same boat as I am: feeling like there’s some things you should get serious about this year, but afraid of losing your precious time, don’t waste another minute. There is not enough extra time in our lives to put things off because you think you’re saving time. This is your year to not put off anything that will bring you joy, whether it be a one-time pottery class or regular acupuncture visits.
Commit to it! Here’s how…
1. List what you want to begin doing that you’re putting off. I couldn’t stand my back pain any longer, and I knew there must be an issue going on with my overall health that I wasn’t aware of.
2. Assess what’s holding you back, and why. I knew getting the ball rolling meant I would have to take long lunch breaks at work to see my doctor who would then point me in the right direction, whether it be physical therapy, a chiropractor, or surgery. It wasn’t going to be an easy fix, so that was a turnoff.
3. Establish a motivation as a visual to work toward. I wanted to feel good on my wedding day, and not have to pop pain pills or sit down due to crippling pain when I could be up dancing.
4. Share it with others. I told my family I was going to do something about it once and for all. That not only “made it real” by vocalizing my intention, but it allowed them to suggest a game plane.
5. Pick a date to begin. I decided that I would get the ball rolling by the end of February. I wrote this down as a reminder.
6. Make it happen. When I gave myself a timeline, it was easy to then pick up the phone and call for an appointment. At that point, I had made enough effort to not turn back.
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