How to Buckle Down and #GSD

This blog post comes at an ironic time... a time where I know I need to buckle down and #GSD, so naturally I'm writing a blog post about the topic to hopefully motivate me to get off my bum, change out of my PJs and get to work.

OK, maybe I'll stay in my PJs...

Something that has been instrumental in my success is the art of what I like to call #GSD (or getting sh*t done). If you're part of my challenge groups, you know we talk about this ALL the time in our Facebook accountability group.

GSD is the art of putting your head down and grinding it out, even when you don't feel like doing something. It takes practice, but here are a few ways you can stop procrastinating and start moving forward in your fitness and life goals.

1. Get clear on the bigger picture.

WHY are you doing what you're doing? For example, WHY do you want to lose those 10 lb.? To feel confident and sexy in your own skin? So your clothes fit better? So you can have more energy throughout the day because you're eating healthy and exercising? Whatever the reason may be, this big WHY is going to be key in your success when your motivation fades -- because it will. Motivation is a fleeting emotion. Discipline is what keeps you going even when you don't feel like doing something. This means going to the gym on the days you don't feel like it, choosing a healthy option instead of giving into cravings all the time, etc. -- all because you have sight of the bigger picture and know that one small step in the right direction will bring you that much closer to achieving your goals.

2. Come up with a plan.

What is your most important task you need to accomplish? Work on that FIRST before you do anything else. Usually, the larger projects are the ones we tend to procrastinate more -- either because we don't know where to start, or it just seems too overwhelming, or we don't know the correct plan of action to take to tackle it. My recommendation? JUST START. That's the only way you'll ever GSD - by starting.

As far as delegating actual tasks, I'm kinda OCD about it:

- Once a month, I plan my goals for the month.
- On Sundays, I spend time reflecting on the past week (what worked? what didn't? what could I have done better?) and planning for the week ahead.
- Every night before I go to bed, I write down the most important things I need to accomplish the next day.

Having a plan for anything is like having your own GPS system -- sure roadblocks may pop up that change your path, but you'll have a better idea of where you want to go and how you're going to get there if you take the time to attack your plan with full force.

3. Create a sacred space to GSD.

There are certain spaces I know I can work and know I can't. For example, I'm totally fine with working at my kitchen table -- it's become my second desk. I'm also OK with working at the desk in my room. I'm NOT ok with working in my bed, on the couch, or anywhere else where I can get too comfortable because being TOO comfortable is distracting to me. I recommend finding or creating a space in your house that's free from clutter (cluttered space = cluttered mind), or that won't tempt you to start doing something else (i.e. working near the laundry room and doing loads of laundry while trying to work without interruptions, by the kitchen so you keep running to the kitchen to grab snacks, etc.)

4. Get rid of distractions.

Turn off the TV. Get off Facebook. When I'm working on a project, I like to light a candle, play some classical music and just completely immerse myself in the task at hand. This means NOT multitasking -- I only focus on one task at a time to give it 100% of my attention. You'll be surprised how much more you get done in a shorter amount of time when you're not trying to switch between 5 different tasks at one time.

5. Work in intervals.

Depending on the task at hand, I usually work in intervals -- 30 minutes of uninterrupted work (this includes not checking my phone or any social media/Internet sites), followed by a 5 minute break to get up, stretch, walk around, go to the bathroom, eat a snack, whatever. When the timer goes off after 5 minutes, I'm right back to it. And yes, I set a timer -- if you're not strict about the "rest" period, chances are you'll rest way longer than you need to. You get better results when you give 100% effort in a shorter period of time then rest a little bit; this has been KEY in me GSD. Kinda parallel to working out, isn't it? ;)

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So, there ya have it! I hope this inspires you to go out there and #GSD.

Always remember how good you'll feel once you start taking little steps toward your dreams and goals -- in fitness and in life. One step in front of the other, one day at a time. You got this.

<3

Coach Julie

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Making Things Come Easily for You

I had someone say to me yesterday, "Things always come so easily for you."

My gut reaction was to say "NO THEY DON'T!" and get super defensive. But then I really sat down and thought about it: yes, they do.

You see, at first I was offended because I thought this statement implied that I just sit around and do nothing all day, and opportunities just fall into my lap. That somehow because things people/opportunities/experiences naturally gravitate toward me, I'm somehow just lucky and don't really put in the work to get them or make shit happen for myself.

Welp, I'd like to call B.S. on that little voice in my head that jumped to that conclusion off the bat. (Because that's not what this person meant at all in the first place.) 

When you're looking at someone who is successful, it's easy to point fingers and think things just come naturally for them. But chances are, you have no idea what goes on behind the scenes. You don't know the struggles they've faced, their failures, their highest highs and lowest lows. You don't see the times in the beginning where they weren't able to pay their bills or put food on the table, but refused to give up their dream because they had a mission they were willing to die for.

Things haven't always come easily for me.

I used to look at the world as working against me, rather than for me. I used to have the mentality of "if anything can go wrong, it will." But then I decided to shift my mindset from negative to positive, and once I did that - EVERYTHING changed for me.

Opportunities do come easily to me now because I make them that way. I CHOSE to shift my mindset from negative to positive. I choose - on a daily basis - to wake up and seize the freaking day. To squeeze every hour and opportunity I can in the 24 hours I have ahead of me. I work hard for what I want. I understand that I have a limited time here, so I make shit happen. There's so much that goes on behind the scenes that no one sees - good and bad, but I'm grateful for every experience because it's formed me into the person I am today. Someone who doesn't take no for an answer. Someone who doesn't settle. Someone who goes after she wants and knows she's worthy of great things.

So yes, things come easy for me.... But that's because I work my ass off to make it that way. And the best part is YOU can make that happen for yourself, too.

If you think things will come easily for you, they will.

If you think you'll never catch a break and life will always be hard for you, that's what you'll get in return.

YOU have the power to make the decision.

Things can come easily for you, you just have to start believing it.