I live with someone really handy. And he comes from a handy house. If they see something they want done in a house or see something at a craft show or even on TV, their minds are figuring out how to make it. When it comes to my husband I can see him already knowing what tools to use for which project.
Well “this” project might be to lose weight, it might be to get healthier, it might be to shrink a size or two, it might be to increase your vegetables – we all have a “this” project. And we also have the tools to accomplish the task.
So often we’re trying a plan and struggle along the way with something. But instead of stepping back and analyzing the struggle and what can help, so often we just shrug and tell ourselves it’s just a struggle. Well each struggle is like a project.
So what’s your project? Close your eyes and think of your hardest struggle. Is it making the time to move? Is it planning ahead? Is it running that extra race? Is it discovering a new activity? What are you struggling with the most right now? And then (and this is the different part) think of what you have at your disposal to fix it.
Your tools might be mantras in your head like “the only one you’re competing against is the one in the mirror,” “If you think you can or can’t, you’re right” and so on. They could be songs. Think of the Rocky Theme. Who doesn’t feel powerful thinking of that music? They could be simply saying to yourself each time you’re facing a challenging situation, “I’m worth this.”
Your tools might be external. Some people like to keep a notebook. Or maybe you have an exercise monitor. Some have spouses or kids that help push and motivate them. Some go to support groups. Some read books.
Sometimes a tool can be a cookbook or a go-to recipe. It can be a picture of where you were at the beginning. It could be a picture of where you want to be. Sometimes it’s a memory. The bottom line is that we have an overflowing tool box. There is no need to go to the hardware store – we have so much. Dust them off and put them to good use.