Day 3: Breaking Down Goals

Stressing out about falling behind is not going to get things done. Instead, breaking down our goals into chunks, if it is even one task a day, will help us get things moving and gain momentum.

My focus for the day is to identify my top three priorities and do SOMETHING that will move things forward.

Day 3 started under the influence of Day 2, with a 5AM start instead of 4AM. But my challenge is still very much on. Let’s see where we are in 27 days.

Day 2: Start Over?

What happens if you fail as I did today? I think there are two main options, we either start over or we push forward. I can speak from experience and say that starting over never did anything for me. Starting over implies that the experience of failure is dismissed, that succeeding at something the next day has nothing to do with the challenge that we faced. That’s not really accurate. What I will do different tomorrow might have never happened if it wasn’t for today.

First, I’ll give myself a tap on the back just for pushing forward. It wasn’t 4 AM sharp for me today, but I now know that I can’t just count on my enthusiasm to get me out of bed and stay active. The second step is planning on eliminating the risks of napping and drooling on the sofa. What’s my plan to get back on track? I’ll schedule in a work-out for 4.10. This means that I can spend 20 minutes on waking up my body and getting my mind used to how we are going to do things moving forward. It’s time to get back control over my life.

Day 1: Making the Most Out of the Time We’ve Got

Have you ever noticed how time seems to vanish? The time between Mondays and Fridays, or just between the beginning of summer and the end of it. Although it might feel like there is nothing in between, there is. If anything, your bills are a constant reminder that something did happen. I would call though those anchor moments, moments of awareness. When something so powerful is happening to you that it shakes you off a loop of habitual living, of mindlessly just getting by. Those moments of awareness are your time to make decisions.

The best decision one can make is to create more moments of being here, now, 100%. You don’t have to make radical changes in your life unless you want to, but living life responsibly means more than just staying in your own corner and hoping not to do anything out of sync with the rest of the world. It means that you have responsibility towards yourself, the people in your life, all beings on Earth, our very own planet, the Universe, everyone is keeping you accountable to MAKE EVERY MOMENT MATTER. Because, guess what? It does.

Back Against the Wall

We all have at least one superpower: our survival instincts. But by living in a comfortable environment, where we have emotional and financial safety, we risk living the average life without giving ourselves credit that we are capable of doing more.

This might not work for everyone, but I’ve decided to turn on my personal countdown and give myself until 17 September 2021 to complete some of the projects that I’ve been working on. To increase the stakes, I will share my journey with you here and on my new YouTube channel called The Andreea Project, where I actually need to show face and I will be accountable by the whole internet.

Join me in my journey to creating new healthy habits. My first challenge is to wake-up at 4AM everyday, do a work-out, meditate and write a blog and have it publish by 5.30AM UK time! You can follow my progress on YouTube by clicking the button below. Thank you so much for your support!

Think About It and Make It Happen

Photo by Jp Valery

‘If you can think about it, you can achieve it.’

That’s one of the most powerful pieces of wisdom I came across lately. If thinking of anything means you can achieve it, does it mean that it works the same way if the thought is positive or negative?

How often do we think I’m not good with… numbers, directions, names, people – whatever it might be? And do we get any better at it once we put the label of our limiting thinking on it?

How about if we dare to think that maybe I can do it. I’ll find a way. Anything is possible. Visible change might not come right away, but we are shifting into the path of can rather than the path of what if. Self-doubt is a natural state of mind, but that doesn’t mean it’s in our best interest to preserve it. We can allow our mind to take ownership of our lives, or we can remember that our time here, on Earth, in this body, with this energy, feelings and thoughts, at this point in time, is limited. And we are made out of different components that we can model to optimize our chances for living with purpose.

We can either think small thought and inadvertently punish ourselves to live their manifestation in the material realm, or we can conquer our mind of habit and think higher thoughts that will inspire us to live an honorable life. Regardless of your approach, it doesn’t take a birthday wish for thoughts to come true. 80% of repetitive thinking patterns will do the trick.

Give Space

Photo by Arūnas Naujokas

We are given the space to live on Earth and we took most of it. Our physical reality feels more immediate because of how much time we devote to it. We therefor tend to accept mainly the things and beings that allow us to control them and then revolt against the weeds in ‘our’ garden, the birds flying above ‘our’ houses, the fly on the ceiling. We took ownership to the extend of thinking of ourselves as gods and goddesses, ironically disconnected from the bigger dialogue, from the universal sense of belonging.

So today, whichever day you are living, give space. Give space to life to manifest itself without the threat of the controlling mind. Give space to yourself to pause the thinking and the paining, the need for control. Look around you. Look inside you. Find a space for forgiving every moment, so that you don’t have to look back with pain and guilt. Find a space for love. You will see that love is not a memory or a five year plan. Love can only be felt in the present moment. Give yourself space to be.

Reflections inspired by ‘The Power of Now’, Eckhart Tolle.