I swear I was going to die.
It’d been about a year since I’d last done Cassey Ho’s PIIT28 workout series and I’d had the bright idea to spice up my exercise routine and start doing the program again.
It’s not like I hadn’t exercised in ages. I had been. It’s just that I’d been doing different kinds of exercise – more walking, yoga and a bit of dance.
Nothing like the high intensity interval training PIIT28 is based on.
Not even close.
The first day focused on abs, and let’s just say that I don’t think I even HAD abs anymore at the point. (Or at least, that’s what my screaming abdomen said as I worked my way through each pain-inducing move.)
Getting out of bed the next day was fun. And when the 24-hour post-exercise mark hit? Ooooooooh booooyyyyy. “Painful” doesn’t do it justice.
Here’s the thing: when you haven’t exercised in ages (or done that kind of exercise in a while) and your fitness decreases, it’s really hard to get back into the swing of things.
You do a workout. It HURTS. But it also kinda feels good to be moving again.
You do another workout. More hurt.
By this stage, you’re shocked by how much your muscles have weakened (WHY HAVE YOU BETRAYED ME? WHAT ABOUT MUSCLE MEMORY?!), and you’re not sure that you can stick to the full 28-day program. (Or was that just me?)
It’s EASY to give up at this point.
But if you commit to it, just for today, little by little, progress adds up.If you commit to it, just for today, little by little, progress adds up Click To Tweet
Each day, you’re a little less sore.
You’re a little stronger.
A little faster.
You’re enjoying yourself more.
And before too long, you can complete that PIIT28 workout and STILL have a smile on your face as you’re doing yet another round of burpees.
Did you catch the key though? You have to commit to it… “just for today.”
I remember hearing about this “just for today” practice of developing habits a few years back. Because it’s easy to look at the seemingly endless road of pain, suffering and how much things are going to SUCK… until you finally get to your result.
It’s easy to get caught up in how long it’s going to take, and falter right at the start before you even begin.
But what if you commit to it just for today? What if you focus on achieving your goal or meeting a certain standard over the next 24 hours?
Forget about tomorrow and the next day. And the day after that.
Focus on today.
So tell me…
How has your content been over the past year? Have you achieved your goals? Did you blog consistently? Pre-schedule your social media? Start that podcast or YouTube Show or whatever it was you had planned?
Or did you get caught up in the seemingly impossible task of writing 52 blog posts? Or posting on 3 social media channels for 365 days? (Or whatever other standard you set.)
What if you blogged, just for today?
What if you posted on Instagram, just for today?
And what if you recorded a podcast episode, just for today?
Forget about tomorrow and focus on NOW.
Can you do it – just for today?
Something that often comes up during interviews and masterclasses I teach is people noting how much content I create. (I’ve even heard the phrase “content machine” tossed around a few times.) And the question is always: how do you do it!?
Now you have my “secret”.
As much as I can, I focus on being consistent, just for today.
And like that killer workout, eventually, things stopped being so hard. The more days I had under my belt, the easier things became. The stronger the habit became.
I’m not saying that it’s always sunflowers, rainbows and unicorns. Not even close.
I still get writer’s block.
I get stuck in perfectionism.
I doubt myself.
I miss a day. (Or a week.)
But for the most part, it *is* easier because that habit has been built. And, unlike my abs (traitors), content creation DOES have muscle memory. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. And you can even take a break from content creation without it ruining your habit. (In fact, a break can often make you stronger.)
So as you start planning and prepping for the new year ahead, I want you to take this “just for today” reframe with you.
Remember it when you’re planning goals that seems impossible. When you start to doubt yourself. Remember it when you’re trying to break that habit of blogging on the day it’s due to be published.
Just. For. Today.
And when tomorrow comes? You say it to yourself, again – just for today.
One day at a time. Little by little.
You’ll get stronger, faster, better.
Muscle memory attained.
And that blinking cursor won’t stand a chance.
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P.S. Get ready – there’s a new free class coming later in November! Find Serenity will help you tame your content and give your creativity structure + space. So. Much. Goodness. Keep your eyes peeled for updates + announcements (they’re coming very soon!)