The Power of Intentions Part 2: Promises

By Shane YoungJanuary 13, 2017

So recently we’ve been talking a lot about INTENTIONS vs Resolutions. 

About 6 months ago I started seeing a new mind-body coach named Steve and we began doing a lot of deep cathartic work together. My whole career I’ve been blessed with amazing mentors and Steve is becoming one of them. I believe in soaking up and learning as much as I can from those who have a wealth of knowledge to share. Not just book knowledge, but life knowledge and spiritual knowledge. I promised myself I’d do this exploration with Steve for a year and assess the results. So far, it’s amazing!

Steve holds my feet to the fire and helps me grow into unchartered territory and sends me home with homework and things to practice.

He asks me to text him after I’ve completed something that in the past, I’ve struggled with. “Are you doing your homework?!” he asks me.

See, I’m the stubborn type. If you think I’m just working out like a maniac, meditating and doing everything I Should do. You are wrong. Sometimes I’m on the short bus and need a fair amount of nudging.

What I’ve been doing is saying yes, following through and doing the things I only ever wish I’d follow through on for myself. Especially on subjects that have held me back. Together, we are going after them with vigor! Steve has a way with me. I Like the way he encourages me. It’s not with a judgmental stern attitude but one that is firm but loving. And the homework he sets up for me is attainable.

Sometimes little steps get the biggest results

It’s about the marathon, not the sprint

Small course corrections can make the biggest difference and by not setting myself up for failure, it’s been a great way to build self esteem and a deeper trust in myself. Step by step, day by day i’m doing things that lay a foundation in the areas that have been problematic in the past.

You can do this, too.

What a difference a promise can make. When we promise and make a commitment to others, we do it for ourselves. The simple act of stating that we WILL do something can cause us to actually do something. Aligning ourselves with our integrity and truth and having our fellow friends hold us to it. We don’t want to let them down, so we don’t let ourselves down.

I know it’s not an easy thing for any of us to really stick with our promises, especially when life gets in the way. That delicious piece of cake at the birthday party, work got busy and you had no where to get clean food, you want to go to the gym but your tired – you’ll go tomorrow. Life is always happening. There is never a “good” time to start sticking with the things you want to do for your life. The only time is NOW. It’s what we’ve got.

Actions follow intentions

What are YOURS?

Personal responsibility and taking care of ourselves is paramount. We can have others teach and guide us, but at the end of the day it’s YOU following through for you. No one can do it for us! The more we eat in alignment with our metabolic type from good clean sources, exercise and listen to our body, take time in nature to restore and pay conscious attention to our thoughts – the more energy we have for all the FUN stuff we want to do. Pretty exciting right!

Surround yourself with like-minded people who are going to hold YOU to the fire and help you to go the extra mile when you are tired, support you when your mind and negative thinking are trying to get the best of you.

Here’s your homework

— Make a list! Who are the top three people whom you can set intentions and make them a promise and they will lovingly hold you to it.

— Make a list! What are the top three things you want to accomplish with your fitness and health in 2017 and you are really ready to put the juice behind those three things (notice I said three, not ten)?!

Imagine yourself one week, one month, one year into BEING this person who follows through!

How good does that feel?! DAMN GOOD!

How does it feel to follow through with the promises that at one time you let mow over you and NOW you are really doing them. Step by step we rebuild integrity with ourselves as our accountability partners keep us on the path to being the best we can be. The most alive and authentic versions of ourselves.

Be THAT person.

It takes a village! I encourage you to make a list of your top three fitness and wellness intentions / goals and your three support people. Call them now and get your goals out of your head and breathe life into them by sharing them with your support people or support communities.

Here at Ascend our 30 day Fitness and Nutrition Challenge is meant to do just that!


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