This call is about sticking to a routine. Today’s caller, Megan, wants to stick to a routine that allows her to accomplish her goals but is instead modeling her life around other people in her life. This is a great episode to kick off the new year as we delve into how to narrow down what is really important, becoming aware of how you respond to stress and how to focus on high-value priorities.

When we feel we want to be disciplined about something, or have more of a routine, we think that it has to be hardcore and restrictive. But that is not a great way to look at discipline. And while it does require discipline to create new habits, we should look at discipline as a loving follower of something that matters to us.

Discipline comes from the word disciple and the origin of the word disciple comes from the original followers of Jesus during his lifetime. It also can be defined as a follower or student of a teacher, leader, or philosopher. When we think about discipline coming from our heart because something truly matters to us, our why totally changes. Instead of it being rigid and restrictive it becomes full of devotion and love.

It is much easier to stick to a routine when you are devoted from a place of love than from a place of being hard on yourself. So, to start a new year why not take a few things off of your plate instead of adding more on to it.

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Consider/Ask Yourself:

  • Are certain routines hard for you to stick to?
  • Are there things in your life you find easy to stay disciplined to but others — not so much?
  • Growing up, were you overly disciplined or under-disciplined? Or was it a mix?
  • When it comes to routines and discipline, do you do things because you think you have to or should? Or, do you do it because you truly enjoy it?
  • Are you putting way too much on your plate, especially at the beginning of the year? Are you already starting to feel overwhelmed?

Megan’s Question:

Megan is looking for guidance on how to execute a routine that will allow her to accomplish her goals.

Megan’s Key Insights and Aha’s:

  • She finds it difficult to stick with self-care routines.
  • She does have routines she enjoys following.
  • She felt lost as a child in a big family.
  • She felt seen by her parents when she accomplished something.
  • She is modeling herself around her partner.
  • She’s good at reflecting on herself.
  • Her mom was always stressed out when she was a child.
  • Her father wasn’t in the house much.
  • She stresses out a lot.

How to Get Over It and On With It:

  • She needs to narrow down the number of projects she focuses on.
  • She needs to be more connected to her needs.
  • She needs to bring awareness to how she modeled her world after her parents.
  • She needs to create a ‘Someday, Idea Book’ for herself.
  • She needs to let her personal growth and self-care become a higher value priority than her accomplishments and performance.

Assignments & Takeaways:

  • When it comes to establishing a new routine or creating a new habit, look at the obstacles that are in your way.
  • If you feel overwhelmed, choose the one thing that matters most to you in your life and focus on doing that one thing extraordinarily well.
  • Look at how you respond to stress. Become a student of your stress for the next month.
  • Make getting some sleep one of your action steps for the new year.
  • One of the easiest ways to meet like-minded people is to put yourself in places and situations where you can meet them like my 2019 Spring Retreat in March. It’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people.


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