It’s been eight days.
How’re you feeling about your 2014 goals? Killin’ it so far? If you’ve been on your A game, then keep rockin’!
But let’s keep it real, if you’re human, you’re probably gonna lose steam at some point. Apparently, only 8% of people keep New Year’s resolutions. So, if you feel your enthusiasm dipping and your goals slipping away, you’re not alone.
Be a leader not a follower.
Be a follower. Its the smartypants way to prepare yourself for your leadership role.
If someone is where you strive to be, it makes sense to watch her closely and find out what worked for her. Being a skilled follower saves time and prevents costly rookie mistakes.
How To Be A Skilled Follower
First off, leaders aren’t just the ones sitting at the top. If they’re ahead of you, they’re leading the way. It pays to follow the lead of those at different phases on the same journey. Each one will provide you with valuable insight.
I like to put these leaders under three key categories:
You go on mission for a flat stomach…because you blame your failed relationship on your spare tire.
You want to make more money…to keep up with the Joneses.
You decide to run your first marathon…and then get badly injured because you pushed past your limits just to get an impressive time.
You strive to be an active volunteer in your community…but you end up neglecting your own family.
You force yourself to drink green juice every morning…since all the cool moms are doing it.
How ridiculously powerful is that feeling you get when your vision takes shape? When solutions present themselves. When you meet the right people, at just the right time. When opportunities are abound, every where you turn.
When you manifest your desires, you feel like a dancer whose every move is made with the purpose of making her heart smile.
Photo by Oudeschool
I wrote a poem so that you and I can celebrate this ecstatic state.
Or, we can use it as a reminder for those days when we struggle to believe in possibilities.
On August 11, 2012, I ran my first half-marathon. I wasn’t sure what to expect. All I knew was that I wanted to perform at my best (and as you can see in the photo below, I was happy with my performance). While making my manual for race-day success, I realized that so many of the same strategies can help me achieve my best self in life and motherhood.
How badly do you want it?
To be debt-free? To get a promotion? To write a book? To start the dream biz? To run a marathon?
Giving life to those dreams takes a lot of juice. The recipe for this smoothie calls for dedication, priorities, commitment and, the star ingredient, passion.
Notice that balance isn’t on that list? Balance tends to dilute the drink. Goals have deadlines. Balance delays things and keeps goals in the backburner.
There are three types of moms in this world: those who love to run, those who dream of running, and those who think runners are a cult of crazies who enjoy torturing themselves.
This previous-dreamer-turned-lover-of-running, is about to convince all the nonbelievers to hit the ground running.
Training for a half-marathon is no joke. Especially for a first-timer like me. Twenty-one km is a great distance to cover by foot and the only thing that keeps me going on the 9-km training runs, is my playlist.
Have you ever struggled to keep a fitness routine alive and kicking? Your on-again-off-again relationship with your workout routine may be because you’re following advice given by experts in magazines, online…etc. While the pros may know their stuff, the one thing they can’t tell you, is what works for YOU.
On the Easter weekend, I crossed off the first item on my Spring 2012 TTD list: baking the Easter Bunny Butt Cake. Take a look at my version of the festive cake (hint: it’s better than Betty).
I'm Nat Nanton, founder of Tutu Mama. Becoming a mother has made me commit to living my greatest life. If you can relate to that, you're in the right place.
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