This might sound like a lofty title, but I'm 100% serious. I learned this mental trick from a friend when I was struggling to find the right life balance in grad school. There was a constant sense of guilt in my gut about not accomplishing everything I wanted to eat day and this one sentence changed my life.
So here it is. The one sentence that will change your life...
"It's not a priority for me right now."
That's it! Super simple. Let me explain why it's so powerful.
It gives you permission to not do everything all the time. We can set unusually high demands on our time and accepting that what you are doing in a given moment, instead of something else, is not selfish or lazy, it is living your priorities.
It holds you accountable to your own priorities. If I say to myself "Working out is not a priority for me right now." I have to have a pretty darn good reason why, because if I keep saying that, my vision of myself as a healthy and fit person will suffer.
It's a litmus test for living your life the way you say you want to. Your actions should ACTUALLY line up with your priorities. This small mental game is a great way to see if you're really making smart choices in your life.
It keeps you from too much negative self talk. We've all been there. We just can't get motivated to do that one thing we said we'd do and now we hear that voice in our head calling us lazy, selfish, a failure, not likely to ever accomplish anything. Quiet that voice with this phrase and keep the self talk more positive and constructive.
I hope you try this out sometime soon, and let me know how it goes! I'd love to read about it in the comments!
I'm Amanda K; lover of fitness, sweets, veggies, adventure, travel, and happiness.