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This was the recent subject line of an email sent by one of my mentors, Steve Chandler. Catchy, so I was IN. This one’s a major life changer, kids!
Over the past year I found myself committing 99% to all kinds of things….journaling daily, exercising daily, drinking less wine, drinking less, period, loving myself, forgiving myself. Guess what? I never put 100% in to any of them. Ultimately, I used up the other 1% (plus plus plus) of my time chastising myself and feeling, well, shitty. All the time! Enough shitty! Bring on breezy!
99% is a Bitch – 100% is a Breeze
“Successful people adhere to the “no exceptions rule” when it comes to their daily disciplines. Once you make a 100% commitment to something, there are no exceptions. It’s a done deal. Non-negotiable. Case closed! Over and out.” ~ Jack Canfield fromThe Success Principles
“This has been, by far, one of the most powerful Ideas I’ve *ever* integrated into my life.
What are you committed to in your life? Waking up with the sun? Meditating in the morning? Exercising daily? No longer lashing out at your family Removing refined sugars/red meat/etc. from your diet?
Whatever it is, check in and see how committed you REALLY are.
And, know this: 99% is a bitch. 100% is a breeze.
Let’s say you decide that meditating EVERY day will be your new ritual. You’ve done the research, see the benefits and decide to go for it. (Good decision, btw.) Now, if you have to think about whether or not you’re going to honor that commitment every day, there’s NO way you’re going to honor it. IM-POSS-UH-BLE.
You’re gonna have that little whiney voice pop in that says something along the lines of: “Oh! You deserve a little more sleep this morning.
Plus, it’s just a day. You deserve a day off. And those peeps who are so committed are way too rigid anyway. Relax. Be flexible.”
So, figure out what daily practices define your destiny and then make your commitments to those rituals NON-NEGOTIABLE. Period. (Make that an exclamation point. 🙂
Seriously. Try it out. It may sound harsh but it’s REALLY liberating. Frees up so much energy when you don’t need to think about whether today’s the day you’ll break. :)”
MY 100% COMMITMENT: I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that this has been a game changer for moi. I made a 100% commitment this month to avoid gluten, dairy, sugar and, yes don’t fall over, wine! I also committed 100% to journaling every day, morning affirmations to myself and to my spouse and exercising daily. Like the new Kelloggs campaign, what I have gained through this far outweighs what I have lost (or given up)! I haven’t felt this clear and this good about myself in years. I am sharing all this because I want to inspire you with this idea of 100% vs. 99%. By committing 100%, everything has been easier than I could have imagined. I’m focused. Clear. Energized. Happy.
What have you committed 99% to? Shitty or breezy? Let’s support each other. Go big or go home!
Stay sane, my friends.
Ack! I have long thought that I actually enjoy setting up rigid ‘rules’ for myself for the express purpose of having the pleasure of breaking them. I like this idea a lot–I’m just not sure I am ready to put it into practice….yet. So I guess that means I’m not committed enough….yet! I’d be really interested to see the results of your experiences (particularly with the no wine–do you think the kids could do a ‘no whine’ version???). D
I wasn’t ready either until this month…this year. Something was holding me back. Oh, I guess it was me. 😉 The no wine has actually been much easier than I anticipated. Let’s just say there’s much less chastising and disappointment in my life this month, as well as realizing that it had become more of a hinderance (sp?) than a help. Don’t get me wrong, I LOOOOOVE wine. I just had to give myself a break. A change. I’ve had a few vodka/soda’s this month and what I realize is it’s hard to stop at 1 drink. Of anything. Water, even. 😉 I’m not sure if it’s the special glass in my hand or the feeling of relaxing long enough to sit and sip and take a breath. The jury is still out. I have realized that I’m actually the best me when I don’t drink at all. Hmmmm. That sucks. In the words of Napoleon Dynamite, “Dangit!” I think as long as “all my gardens” are balanced and well tended, the beverage consumption is balanced too. If you can figure out a way for the kids to do a ‘no whine’ version, you’re a damn genius and I will build a shrine to you. Thank you so much for your honest and thoughtful comment.
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