In my early twenties, I was a personal trainer. I learned so much about human psychology during this time. I often heard people begin to complain about their "willpower" or lack thereof around this time of year.
They started strong with their new year's resolutions, then their old habits began tugging at them, and their willpower started to wax and wane.
One powerful aspect of lasting transformation that I've learned is to remove willpower as the ultimate motivator. Yes, willpower gives you grit and can get you over a hump. Yet willpower alone only lasts as long as you feel it. True transformation comes at the root level, regardless of willpower.
Transformation at the roots empowers the fruits.
Over the next two weeks, we will be exploring how to engage in lasting transformations. Today, we will start with a concept my beloved mentor, Sandy Hogan, taught me years ago called "clearing the runway."
Saying Yes to Something Greater!
by: Laurel Elders
Think about being on a plane. You are about to take off when the pilot informs the cabin that take-off will be delayed due to bad weather. It may be another two hours, and the bad weather will now cost you time needed to catch your next connecting flight.
Unlike the weather on earth that we experience and have to plan around, the climate in our lives is shaped by us. The number of things that get in the way of your take-off is often up to you. Yes, sometimes lousy weather happens which consists of typical life disruptions. But I'm talking about the things on your runway that you have control over.
Consider this: What do I need to say no to, so that I can say yes to something greater in my life this year? What can I clear from my runway, so my take-off is smooth?
It may be over-commitment. It may be a lack of planning. It may be overdoing in areas not aligned with your goals for this year.
The quickest way to drain our willpower and block access to our potential is by overdoing and underdoing. This week, I invite you to take an inventory of areas you overdo, underdo, and need to protect by saying no to that which does not serve you.
Next week, we will dive into the second aspect of cultivating true transformation in our lives, our root unconscious beliefs.
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By Laurel Elders, PCC
IICT Founder / Senior Faculty