“How you do anything …… is how you do everything”
I have heard that saying a number of times but it never really struck a nerve like it did today when I watched a video from Randy Gage explaining it. Before I go into what it meant to me, listen to what Randy has to say on this subject.
I am committed to transforming my life in all areas, body, mind, spirit and soul. It isn`t an easy thing to break years of bad habits and ways of thinking. This is not a new journey for me, I have been living a life of inquiry into who God wants me to be for many years. It is time stop inquiring and start being….
Today, I got really present to something I do that does not serve me at all. And I saw how this one thing shows up in other areas of my life.
I sleep in….. a lot.
If I don`t have to be at a certain place by a certain time in the morning, meaning if I don`t show up I will be held accountable by someone else, I don`t hold myself accountable for getting up until I am good and ready. Now some people live for the right to finally be able to do that… let me tell you, it isn`t all it`s cracked up to be.
I think I am addicted to sleep…. or… I could be lazy. That is a probability. But I think there are more than a few factors that contribute to my love of sleep. I don`t sleep sound hardly ever. I have very restless nights. I like to drink coffee in the evening, I say it is relaxing but it can`t be good for me. I have some other things that are causing some stress and a bit of depression in my life and that shows up in physical forms that make me want to just stay in bed. I am a night person, I seem to come alive later in the evening.
Now, some might say those are all valid reasons to be sleepy and want to sleep in. But the truth of the matter is, most of those “excuses” are self inflicted actions. I think if I were to start making some different choices many of these “excuses” would dissipate.
So I reached out on my facebook page and asked for some help. I realized that I can be accountable others and I wear that accomplishment like a badge of honor, something to be proud of. When in actuality, it is what I am committed to being and it should be normal behavior. But the breakdown comes because, what I say to myself, is that I am not accountable/reliable because I do not usually keep my word to myself. When I don`t it just give my mind back up for the story it tells itself over and over about what a failure I am.
Not a very flattering thing to tell off on myself about for sure, but the one thing I am committed to is being truly authentic and transparent in dealing with the things in my life that don`t serve me well and have held me back from being the person I am committed to being. My hope is that by sharing my insights, struggles, triumphs and transformations I will open up something for someone else who may be able to relate to what I am dealing with at the time with an area of their life they want to transform.
One of the negative repercussions of sleeping in is that my day gets started really late, and by the time I get around to getting put together the day is already far gone. I then get into the pattern of thinking really negative thoughts about myself and that can lead to becoming depressed, leading me to want to sleep even more. It can become a very vicious cycle.
I see this showing up in other areas of my life that I say are important to me. My lack of being my word to myself and holding myself accountable to things I say I want has been keeping me stuck.
So, I have decided to keep a daily online journal of what time I get up every morning. I am going to get in the Word and spend my quiet time with God to get my day started off right. Filling my mind with positive thoughts, scriptures and encouraging information. I am going to give my word to myself and I have to be the one to hold myself accountable.
So, there you have it. How you do anything is how you do everything. I invite you to take a look at an area of your life that isn`t working and see where else the way you make choices around that show up in other areas.
Our lives are really nothing more than a continuous series of choices made, good or bad that determine the world we see in front of us….
Mind is the Master power that moulds and makes,
And Man is Mind, and evermore he takes
The tool of Thought, and, shaping what he wills,
Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills: —
He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass:
Environment is but his looking-glass. ~ from the book As a Man Thinketh
Life Full Out with Passion & Purpose,