I have started to treat my to do list as a series of challenges. Once I say yes to a particular challenge … I no longer ask myself if I want, if I have the time or if I even know how to go about it. Once I have said yes, I simply start moving and shut down any negative self talk about the task at hand.
Last week I started by saying yes to cleaning my kitchen. I was shocked to see the difference two hours of steady cleaning can make… I was sure I needed two days!lol The pay offs were huge. Had a friend over that evening and we had a lovely dinner in what was now a very tidy, inviting place. Looking at my kitchen was no longer a source of pain and guilt but one of pleasure and pride. Since then, I am feeling better and better about saying yes to my challenges because I am beginning to associate saying yes with feeling good and empowered.
I have said yes to cleaning my fish tanks, my laundry, cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming and dusting. To my shock … none of these challenges took anywhere near the amount of time I thought they would. Knowing things/challenges are not as time consuming or difficult as they seem, has given me more energy to keep going. Limiting any self talk on a given challenge to “You said yes, just start moving.” has also helped free my mind to daydream as I complete each task rather than beat myself up with negative self defeating thoughts. It would be so great if saying yes to life’s little challenges became a habit!