#Last90Days

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If you know me at all, you know I can be a very unmotivated person. If I’m being honest with myself, I am an expert on procrastination. In fact, yesterday YouTube recommended a procrastination video to me TWICE. Even YouTube knows who I truly am.

Anyways, I find it difficult to stick with going to the gym everyday, waking up early, being grateful each day…. and well, the list could go on, but I’d rather not bore you. My point is that I give up easily. I make excuses for myself.

Recently, I listened to the a Podcast by Rachel Hollis, which was actually from a video she had made last year. She was talking about the #Last90Days challenge. If you haven’t heard about this, allow me to fill you in: The challenge is to finish the last 90 days of the year with the same motivation and energy that you would begin the first 30 days of the year. Upon hearing about this challenge, I was excited and considered participating. However, Rachel truly sold me on the topic when she, as I will roughly paraphrase, said, “You wouldn’t cancel plans with a friend because you are really into watching Netflix, would you? So why would you cancel on yourself?”. Hearing how she applied our tendency to cancel on ourselves to canceling on the people we love was incredibly motivating for my.

We give ourselves such ridiculous excuses not to do things. For example, I have been trying to wake up early and run every morning. This morning, while drinking coffee my dog fell asleep on the couch. I began to think that Jackson was tired so I shouldn’t run (he always runs with me), but thankfully, I realized how ridiculous that was. For one, that dog is never actually tired. And secondly, even if he was, that didn’t mean couldn’t go. Do you see my point here? We give up on ourselves so easily. Although starting new habits may be difficult, we can do it!

Rachel also discussed habits in her podcast. She talked about how people tend to give up trying if they fail just once. However, we need to get back up and keep trying. Like she said, we have years and years of bad habits under our belt; it may take some time to establish new, better habits. Let’s habitually try each day to  be better.

So what does the #Last90Days challenge look like? I’m glad you asked! Allow me to offer you a glimpse into my personal list of goals:

1. Get my heart rate up for 30 minutes each day.

I do not care how I make this happen. If I run, great. If I walk, great. If I go to the gym, great. All that matters is that I get those 30 minutes in each day!

2. Read the Bible each day.

I’m going to be honest and share that I am the absolute worst for making excuses to not read the Bible. Followers of Jesus understand the importance of spending time in the Word, but since I go to school and work, I feel “mentally drained” some days and give myself the excuse that I will do it tomorrow. If I’m being even more honest… if I say I will do something tomorrow, it will most likely never happen. Once again, I am a master of procrastination. However, I have challenged myself to read in the Word each day, even if it is only a few verses.

3. Write down at least 5 things I am grateful for each day.

It’s so easy to get down on life. A bad moment can cause you to believe that your entire day has been bad. But honestly, just consider how blessed you are! Our lives could be a lot worse than they are. I am not downplaying the problems we all face, but I do think it’s important to be mindful of all the blessings we receive each day. My third, and final, goal for this challenge is to write down at least 5 things I am grateful for each day. By doing this, I am confident that I will begin to see the wonder{full} aspects of my life more naturally, without the smoke screen of negativity in my way.

So, what are your goals for the #Last90Days? I really do encourage anyone who is reading this to personalize the challenge for your life and stick to it! If you choose to do this challenge and begin to find difficulty motivating, contact me! Trust me, I will probably need your help just as much as you may need mine.

Also, check out Rachel Hollis’ podcast: ‘Rise’. You won’t regret it!

 

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