Imagine you are standing on the shore of a calm quiet lake, early morning. The sun is rising just over the trees and you can feel it’s warmth on your face and the dewey grass at your feet. You throw a pebble in. It makes a plink sound and a tiny splash as it hits the water sending circular ripples away from it’s center.
I’ve noticed that in my life lately, as I work towards my goals and stomp on fear, that the actions I’m taking are rippling into other areas of my life.
For instance, I’ve been losing weight for the last couple of months. My weight is something I’ve struggled with my whole adult life. It’s been a long slow journey so far, and I’ve focused mostly on food, achieving some success. But I’ve still been resistant to exercise. In the past, I’ve had a “thing” for hating it. I grew up asthmatic and focused instead on art, writing, and reading. Exercise was my sister’s gig.
But as I’ve been working with a group of people in an experimental mastermind of sorts to push myself to blog more consistently, those actions have made ripples on my health. As I’m taking risks with my blog and dreams, it’s giving me the confidence and motivation to take risks with exercise too.
Tomorrow I leave for the BlogHer conference in Chicago and will be participating in a 5K on Friday. I was scared to sign up that I wouldn’t be able to finish, so I’ve been walking at lunch with a friend and this past weekend I did 3.75 miles. (More than what the 5K will be.) I joined the BodyPump class at my gym which is kind of like aerobics with weights. I almost walked out when the instructor said we’d be doing 800 reps, but my risk threshold had been raised. I surprised myself and not only kept up, but finished the class. I have gone from swimming 5 laps to pushing myself to swim .5 miles last night at the Y (16 laps). I also see that on the days I exercise in the morning, I naturally make better food choices, and will be more likely to take the stairs for work. I’m also more productive with my personal goals.
Look for ways you can make ripples in your life.
You might find that making some progress on paying down debt also helps you to want to declutter the house, to get rid of stuff that’s weighing you down so you can keep the things around you that bring you joy.
As you are focusing on building your business, you may find yourself also focusing on ways to be more productive and personal development.
That’s what this blog, becoming-me, is meant to be. A place to share encouragement, inspiration, and a kick in the butt when necessary, to help us make ripples in our lives by stepping into the best version of ourselves possible. One step leading to the next until we have the life and business and relationships that we’ve always wanted.