When I was a kid, April Fools Day was fun because I could play jokes on people or say whatever I wanted and then brush it off by saying, "April Fools!" It was the perfect day to revel in mischief or be a little ornery and get away with it because whatever I did or said could be excused by declaring two little words.
But I'm not a kid anymore.
When I don't accomplish things, don't get things done or let life get in the way of what I need to do, I don't have the luxury of erasing the day with my magic little formula. Life happens really fast and in a perfect world I would be able to do all my daily errands, work on my business, spend time with my family, complete all my workout goals, and handle any unexpected things that present themselves. But I live in a far from perfect world and there's no way I can 'April Fools' my way into a reset button.
So everyday I move forward and do the best I can with the time I have. A few years ago I would have beaten myself up if I didn't finish everything I needed to do in a day. I would have felt like a failure by not reaching goals or milestones I made for myself. I placed an unhealthy amount of pressure on myself to perform instead of live, and there's a significant difference.
Performance implies I am doing things with the expectation of being judged. I will succeed or fail based on what I accomplish and what I neglect so there is always a weight around my neck. Performing means everything is based on results and the process is irrelevant. I have learned NOT to live like this anymore.
Living is a fluid existence that stems from who I am and the journey I have embarked upon. Yes, I work really hard to reach the goals I set BUT the emphasis is on how I get there and am I being true to myself and not pretending for the sake of appearances. Life is messy and living means harnessing all that messiness and running with it! Success is waking up every morning and pressing forward without any negative pressure and failure is not an option because I will not adopt that attitude. We don't need a "next monday" or a "new month" or even a "new year". We just need a new mindset.
Because what I have learned on this journey is that the only way i really fail, is if I quit.
Im a 43 year old Mom taking charge of her health and who's passionate about helping you live your healthiest, happiest life.