Living in the Moment and Stick-to-it-iveness

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momentOne of the drawbacks to not having any extra money for a long time is that you start seeing everything as something that will be, or that you will do. It virtually becomes a way of life – and it also becomes all too easy to entrench yourself in the future, rather than the now. I’m notorious for having loads of long-term goals and spending much of my time working towards them. Short-term goals? Not so much.

I find it difficult to live in the moment as I’m so busy planning for the future or working on a future goal, and because of this, I’ve unable to enjoy present events as much as I normally would. Thankfully, being a Cub Scout leader has helped me become more aware of this and I’m currently working on changing this aspect of myself – both for my boys’ benefit, and my own. Being forced to plan for a meeting every week, coming up with things for us to do and actually accomplishing the goal or completing the project I’ve set up for the week is not only fun, but also helps me be aware of setting more short-term goals for myself. It’s really nice to experience the rewards of these short-term goals after having neglected setting any for so long.

stickAnother one of my issues is instant gratification. I tend to avoid activities that don’t either give me a reward immediately or at least allow me to cross something off of my to-do list (I’m a to-do list junkie, just so you know). These days, we live a very fast-paced life when compared to the life lived by our relatives just fifty years ago – we get our coffee at drive-thrus, have instant access to information and our favorite movies or TV shows via the internet, we can connect instantly with someone on the other side of the world – the list goes on and on.

In the past, I’ve been known for abandoning activities or projects that didn’t give me that instant fix. I needed to feel the gratification immediately or the activity didn’t seem worth it or I got bored with it very quickly. This is something I’m changing right now. I joined the gym two weeks ago (I couldn’t go last week because I was sick), and I’m going back today to meet with a personal trainer today so the work I do while I’m there will have a purpose. Being physically fit is something I never had to worry about when I was younger because I have a super-fast metabolism and I was active enough in my jobs that I didn’t have to worry about additional activity. However, being 41, having had 2 kids, being an at-home mom, and attending college online has put the kibosh on having a body that didn’t remind me of an old lady without working for it.

Fortunately, I can be as stubborn as a mule when I set my mind on something – it’s taken quite a while for me to get here, but I am determined to make these changes in my life come hell or high water, and no amount of discouragement or negativity from anyone is going to stop me. 🙂

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