March 24th, 2019 No Little Things
Yesterday was a 4-star day: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.
I had my first severe weather activation of the season last night. It was a quick one, but it did set me back for a late dinner--but hey, Saturday night is a good night for that because I like to relax late and watch something on Netflix or Hulu. Kristin and I rescheduled our dinner plans for tonight. It was a nice, quiet, relaxing Saturday night around here.
Mom and I are planning to get together today for lunch and a play. It'll be a good Sunday!
An important thing I've explored throughout this ten-plus year experience is progress over perfection. What I've discovered is the importance of redefining personal expectations and by way of that, changing our definition of "perfect." Simplicity and patience are key in this process.
Something important to remember is what this is truly all about:
What's this all about?
It's about progress, not perfection. It's about how you feel, not a number. It's about you and for you, not about or for anyone else.
It's about living, not dying. It's about dreaming, not dreading. It's about freedom, not imprisonment.
It's about opening your mind to the possibilities, not closing it to the changes.
It's about acceptance, not rejection. It's about nourishing, not depriving.
It's about a broadly consistent importance level, not short bursts of narrow focus.
It's about wanting, not forcing. It's about doing your best, not trying to do another's best.
It's about today, not tomorrow, or next week or the first of the month or January 1st.
It's about committing to consistency with all your heart and holding on tight, not a halfhearted commitment easily released with the slightest breeze.
It's about you deserving better because you do. It's about you being important because you are important.
The truth is...
You're Elite. You're extraordinary! And the things you're making important each day are powerful.
The great thing about progress over perfection is- It's never compared or put up side by side to anyone or anything else. The bar- the expectations we set- the rules we make- the boundaries we set, these things aren't up for panel review or comparison- these things are yours and yours alone, and they'll evolve with your continued efforts.
These things you're doing are simply designed to give you positive progress toward your goals. Once we achieve our initial goals, a different perspective grounded in sustainability takes hold.
Few know or understand all of the "little things" that contribute to your success... and there are NO "little things." They're huge.
The thing is: Hard and fast without deeper explorations of the whys and hows, can sometimes deliver us to where we desire- but often, the challenge of maintaining a semblance of perfection leaves us exhausted and frustrated- and always feeling like it's not enough, or not good enough. Further, it creates a huge emotional and mental deficit once we "arrive," because, in the hard and fast, we're not exploring the deeper of what makes these shifts in perspective solid.
When we embrace structure and an individual plan that may not look perfect, or feel perfect- we're essentially putting ourselves in the best position to attain lasting and deeper transformation because suddenly what we once perceived as "failures," become our biggest assets- the biggest contributors to our monumental success... the best opportunities to learn... and grow along this road- and we do, because it's measured.
And it's our own individual trek- it's never comparable to anyone else, and if we allow our energy to focus on the day to day actions of our plan, rather than the "perception of perfection," magical things can happen.
And then, oh my- we can dream; envision incredible possibilities. At the end of the day, the results speak loudly... the proof and assurance you need, is in the positive progress you're making.
You've earned every "well done," along this road. You've faced and are still in the middle of exceptional and extraordinary challenges... and still, you're in it... you're doing what you can do when you can, and it is always good enough.
The plan evolves.
What you're able to do today is different than what you'll be capable of tomorrow- and so it goes... and where it leads is remarkable and inspiring.
You're elite even if your current temporary circumstance doesn't feel elite. You're still elite.
Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Practice, peace, and calm,
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