Yes, it’s true….I’ve been MIA from the blog sphere for some time now. Why? Well I suppose I could blame the usual excuses like work, family and summertime distractions. However it doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that I’m back and I’m ready to assess the progress I’ve made in my goals! Oh right…. I haven’t made any progress in the past month. In fact I’ve started slipping back into some old nasty habits.
Here are the top 5 Reasons that I haven’t reached my goals this month
1. Becoming overly consumed with problems that need to be solved
This is a tricky one for me as it tends to rear it’s ugly head as soon as things get stressful. I’m a Libra, I like balance, harmony and peace. I do NOT enjoy debates, conflict and chaos. Problems are inevitable and logically I know this but when I encounter too many at the same time, I tend to become consumed by them. From the minute I wake to the moment I go to sleep (and then some) I continuously run through the issues in my mind until I no longer have any other thoughts in my head.
2. Checking email and social media constantly throughout the day
So it seems there’s a bit of a pattern here…. After I become consumed, I try to drown out the chaos in my head with distraction. Obsessively checking multiple email and social media accounts in an effort to temporarily drown out the commotion in my head. These behaviors are 100 percent negative and waste an insane amount of time that could otherwise have been productive.
3. Allowing other people’s emergencies to become my to do list
And the pattern continues….. In an effort to stop the mayhem, I begin to act like a firefighter. Putting out fires left, right and center as soon as people call upon me. You know those urgent phone calls and emails with things that MUST be done NOW. Yep I fall for it. Hook, line and sinker.
4. Letting people ramble on and on and on…….
So there I am, becoming overly consumed with problems, trying to drown out the noise in my head with obsessive online behaviors and allowing other people’s emergencies to become my to do list. If that’s not enough, I then allow the rambling to begin. Misery loves company right? Well, I’m great at finding it. When I’m in this state it seems that everyone else around me is as well. We all just ramble on and on and on to each other and even less gets accomplished or solved.
5. Not prioritizing exercise
To top it all off, when I am in this negative state I stop prioritizing exercise. All of a sudden I skip a run and then another. Morning yoga gets replaced by morning email. Pretty soon I am no longer doing the things that keep me happy and balanced.
So there you have it. The top 5 reasons that I haven’t reached my goals this month. Plain and simple.
As I write this, I realize that I have followed this pattern of behavior millions of times before. It’s very clear to me that this is my go to behavior when stress hits. I guess I should have written this post a long time ago. Maybe the answer is to keep it close by and re read it when the next wave of chaos hits.