I feel a fraud this week.
It’s Wednesday night and I am writing FWH. I normally like to get started on a Thursday afternoon so it’s with you on time each Friday, but this feels so wrong!
The reason being that I am off on a long weekend for a self-development retreat this week and my Thursday is going to be much shorter than normal. I don’t want to miss the opportunity to write before I go.
A month ago at the One of Many conference in London I found myself applying for a 12 month programme called Lead the Change. I certainly didn’t go to the event to sign up for anything. I can’t tell you either when I decided, but I do know that I knew I was going to do it by lunchtime on the Sunday.
Looking in on all that I’ve already planned for this year you could be mistaken for thinking I’ve taken on too much (again). But this programme is completely designed to help women get out of the cycle of being Superwoman one moment and burned out and knackered the next.
On that basis I thought I might qualify!
So as you’re now reading this on Friday morning, I am already one night in to a three day weekend. I am sure I will have a lot to share next week.
Even though I ‘knew’ I was going to do this programme I still had head-trash going on that was trying to get me to not apply or follow through.
- “You don’t have time”
- “You can’t afford it”
- “Remember that time you didn’t follow through before?”
- “You’re not going to get accepted”
- “You’ll make a prat of yourself”
- “What difference will it really make?”
I tell you, I can spin a story and drag it out and play it again until I get BORED with hearing it and then I tend to defy it.
- Of course I have time. We all make time for what’s important to us.
- No I can’t afford it yet, but I got creative and found a way. Once again we spend money, like time, on what’s important to us. This is important to my future me.
- There have been trainings I’ve not completed, this is true. But I’ve completed and succeeded at way more than I haven’t.
- I am not going to know if I get accepted if I don’t apply. I applied. I got accepted.
- Perhaps I need to make a prat of myself to realise it’s not so bad.
- It will make a difference. It can’t not.
So here I am, battened down in Stratford upon Avon for a few days of personal discovery!
Why am I telling you this?
This week the common theme (for me) and people I’ve met with is about the inner chat. I know we’ve spoken about this before, but it’s worth repeating.
Our head trash stops us from being the person we want to be.
- “I can’t go and exercise until I am fitter.”
- “I can’t eat better until I’ve finished the food that’s in the house.”
- “I can’t join in because I am too unfit.”
- “I can’t do what I used to do so I won’t bother”.
Add any of your own here.
Promise me one thing this weekend, whilst I am on my course … do something towards the noisiest excuse.
Go and move.
Prepare some veg.
Drink some water.
Call a friend and arrange a meet up.
And then plan the next time you’ll do it.
Once you’ve done that the noise quietens. You don’t have to listen to it. You can have a quieter day getting stuff done happily rather than listening to your own brain-filling, drivel.
Tell me what you’re going to do, tell me what you’ve done and tell me when you’re doing it again. I won’t get back to you until after the weekend but I will get back to you.
I wish you an emptier-head this week.
To find out what Lisa’s been up to this week check out her Bootcamp blogs from Wokingham Early Risers and Twyford camps.
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For those of you who read last week’s FWH, I am delighted to share with you that Karen won her boxing competition last week too! If there was ever an example of conquering head-trash, that was it!