On the previous email, we talked about the power of your word, but one question arose from a student… how far should you really take it?
When you say that you’re going to do something, should you do it even if the world is ending?
If you say you’re going for a jog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday should you go even if there’s a hurricane or your house is on fire?
The answer is not so clear: you should go to the lengths that make sense to you.
When you habitually follow through on your word and your intentions, when something is wrong and you really can’t do it, it won’t be a problem.
You know it’s an exception.
The problem only happens when you habitually DON’T follow through on your word.
That’s the problematic situation!
That you won’t go jog for one day because of the hurricane, it’s not a big deal. That you habitually skip your jogging practice because of X, Y and Z reasons – that’s the bigger problem.
Besides, the old saying is completely right: when there’s a Will, there’s a way.
This is exactly what happens. You can’t go jog outside because of the hurricane, but maybe you can do other type of exercise at home.
Or, you can’t work on something because you promise your kids you will spend the day with them. But you can wake up earlier to work on that thing and then spend the say with them.
When there’s a Will, there’s a way… and you will find it.
If you don’t, it will be only one situation, and not an habitual practice. So it won’t be a big issue.
Although you may say: “I establish an intention, say X to myself, but there’s always urgent things that come up”.
It can be related to several aspects, but it’s mostly a matter of priorities and organization.
If you want to do the activity X and there’s always something that comes up, then you should better reflect on your schedule and priorities.
Let’s say you want to start jogging at the end of the day but there’s always something that comes up. Then you know that at the end of the day is not a good time to jog. For example, switch it to the beginning of the day – before everyone else has woken up.
I know this is a simplistic example, but you get it. I often get students emailing me talking about their organization and scheduling issues – usually associated with excuses on why they can’t do something. I may offer some possible solutions, but above all, the task to organize your life is yours. You’re the one that needs to find a solution to do something.
Remember… when there’s a Will, there’s a way. And when you repeatedly follow through on your Will, then the easier it will become in the future.
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