Step by Step, Day by Day

Step by step

Day by day

A fresh start over

A different hand to play

The deeper we fall

The stronger we stay

And we’ll be better

The second time around

- 90’s TV show, Step by Step

Um, yep, that’s the theme song from the show, Step by Step, on good ol’ TGIF.   Not quite as powerful as some of the other quotes I’ve had but wow, kind of insightful.  We get a fresh start over, a different hand to play. It’s knowing we get stronger with each step, and it’s knowing every second is a new beginning!  That’s life.  And it’s pretty cool that we have the opportunity to begin anew at any moment! 

This post is meant as a reminder to take it Step by Step, Day by Day.  To keep up with things in life that make you stronger.  Breathing, meditation, working out, LOVE.  If you need a refresher reread old posts and push on! I needed a refresher. The last couple of weeks for me have been a bit of a roller coaster.  A lot of big changes have occurred in my life and well.. I’m not a huge fan of change. I know, I know, everything changes.  Change is actually the ONLY thing that doesn’t change.  As I said before, the key to taking back your body and mind is AWARENESS.  My awareness slipped and because of that so did my diet, workout routine, breathing and meditation.  Well, let’s just say it was the perfect storm and I became aware…finally. It hit me like a ton of bricks one morning and that’s when I CHOSE to get back on my routine, step by step.  It was as easy as that.  A moment of awareness and a choice.

The Quick and Dirty Task:  DO IT EVERY SINGLE DAY!

The What:  IT!  Whatever IT is, do IT. Have a routine for personal growth every single damn day!  You just have to.  For me, it’s about 4 things: 1. Water first thing in the morning. 2. I read a list of positive reminders about myself. 3. Stretch and breathe. 4. I meditate.  I do that everyday.  Is it fun everyday? No.  Sometimes I curse the heavens and sometimes I am completely in my head but I do it.  I do it because I know I am worth it. Which gets me to the WHY.

The Why:  We all know that if you do something enough it becomes muscle memory.  That’s why we practice. That you instinctively just do it, like walking, breathing, laughing.  Your brain has the ability to grow and change! Yep, that’s right, we can change.  So, any of this BS that we say, “Oh I can’t change this, I’m not smart enough, I can’t do a routine, I could never be strong enough,” BALONEY!  We can.  We just HAVE to keep at it.  The reason I am able to come out of my “funks” a lot quicker is because I do this routine every morning and have been for the last 8 months. That’s what I finally realized. It may not always feel like it’s “working” but it is, TRUST IT.  This is an incredible tool to push through the tough times.

Reviewing The Keys:  Keep at it!  Don’t give up!  Be aware of your thoughts and body!  Do it out of love!  Do it because you are worthy!  Do it because you want to improve!  It’s really important that any journey begins with sitting down with yourself and saying why do I want to do this? Is it out of love or is it out of fear? Is it because I love myself or out of comparison?  Personally, this is the hardest step for me because I hate looking deep inside myself.  And I now understand why I had fallen off the wagon so many times in the past, my routines weren’t done out of love for myself. They were done out of fear, comparison and judgment.  And wouldn’t you know it, the minute I became aware of those things, it all changed.  I regained control.  I got back on the path,…  

Step by Step, Day by Day, a fresh start over…