I am a sleepy head. Unless I get 8 or 9 hours of sleep, I have difficulty waking up in the morning. I fear that when I have children I will sleep through their sobbing. Or that I will be so exhausted I won’t function.
To that, moms state the obvious: you get used to it, your body will surprise you. But what if I am not like the rest? What if my love and need for sleep is so intense that I will go Loony Tunes when deprived of it day in and day out – for decades!
I’m being dramatic, you say, but my fear is real, which is why I’m working toward being a better (non) sleeper. For the past two weeks, I’ve woken up earlier than usual. I set my alarm and get out of bed instead of pressing the Snooze button a dozen times. I’m still tired but I find myself more motivated, and I am much more efficient now. I’ve always been hard-working; however, sleeping past 9am led me to work up to 7pm. Then I’d run out the door, making my way to my radio show in the city all frazzled. I could hardly breathe.
I needed to change my routine. So I set the intention to do so.
Is there something in your life you want to change? There’s no better day like the present, especially when a new month and season is upon us. Here are some tips on how to set intentions and goals, and stay motivated through the process. These steps are part of my life coaching philosophy.
Acknowledge: whatever you are struggling with, whatever habits you need to break, decide to make the change.
You can talk about what you want to change till you’re old and grey. Or you can take an easy first step: stop complaining and decide that you are going to do something about it.
Act: make a list of short-term goals.
Many of us state our goals. We openly express our desires and what we want to carry out. But, it is much more difficult to then take action. I suggest making a list of all the things you must do to meet your goal. Do you want to lose weight? Great. What do you need to do to get fit? Eat better, for one. On your list, write the short-term goals that will help you meet your long-term goal. For example, dump out the junk food, go grocery shopping, count calories with MyFitness Pal. What if you want to meet someone special? You can start by writing down the following: join networking groups or activities of hobbies of interest, join an online dating site, socialize more. Whatever your goal you can accomplish it with a list of intentions!
Accomplish: Don’t just talk about it, be about it.
You know what you want (that truly is the first step). You took action and set short-term objectives to meet your long-term goal. All you have to do is follow through. Remain consistent. In no time, you will attain what you desire and deserve.
Personally, I am on my way. I feel better about my future role of mommy, and I am very proud of myself for taking action (yet again!) and working toward a goal diligently and consistently. In the end, I will be a better Sujeiry. I know that you will get there as well and be a better you.
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