Want to make time for fitness? Take a gardening lesson.
“I’m crazy busy and have no time to workout this week. Can we just skip this week and start up again next week?”
If there was one phrase I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard it that would be the one. The amazing reality of the world today with all its technological advances is that we can do so much. And the horrible reality of the world today with all its technological advances is that we can do so much. When clients share with me their goals of getting into the best shape of their lives I always wonder if they realize the amount of change in their daily lives that will need to occur in order to reach their goals. Simply put, are they ready to
Prioritizing is uncomfortable and difficult. It makes us question what really matters in our life and what we really want to spend our time focusing on (not so simple questions). If you are anything like me, you do not want to let other people down by backing out of commitments or saying no to people asking for your time. Yes- prioritizing is a pain in the butt and if you are crazy busy and can never “find the time” (like it is somewhere lost to be discovered) this post is for you.
At a seminar a few months ago with my favorite guy, Mastin Kipp, the art of prioritizing was compared to the art of pruning a rose bush. With the exception of pulling weeds as a chore when I was 10 years old, I really have no experience in the gardening world. So I decided to Google “pruning rose bushes” and this is what I found:
“Pruning rose bushes is intimidating to many gardeners, but actually very good for the plants. Becoming an accomplished rose pruner takes time and practice, but keep in mind that it is very hard to kill a rose with bad pruning.”
Why Prune Roses
Encourage new growth and bloom
Remove dead wood
Improve air circulation
Shape the plant
HELLO! Is that not exactly the same thing that happens when we prioritize our life?
Play along with me here. Visualize yourself as a rose bush with each of your branches as a project or a commitment in your current life. When we have too many branches our energy gets spread too thin and none of our blooms reach their fullest potential. But when we practice the art of pruning where we cut back on weaker or dead branches and focus our energy into a select amount of branches we produce beautiful and vibrant blooms, there is no overcrowding and we shape our lives in a way that is healthy and vibrant.
If you feel like you are “crazy busy” and have no time to fit in exercise you might want to consider pruning your branches. Take a moment to look at all your commitments both personally and professionally. Are there any that feel like “dead branches”? If so, it might be time to cut them back. This can be a very intimidating and uncomfortable process but in order to make room for other more important commitments to thrive you must create room for them first.
My challenge to you over the weekend is to take a look at your own “rose bush” and ask yourself, what worthwhile commitments or projects are being overcrowded by less than worthy commitments? What time-sucking branches can I cut back on to allow the stronger and more rewarding branches to produce beautiful blooms?
Like the article on pruning said:
“Becoming an accomplished rose pruner takes time and practice, but keep in mind that it is very hard to kill a rose with bad pruning.”