I hear the words I wish I could do that far too often; in fact, I hear those words almost every single day in response to a variety of situations. And when I start to utter those words, I try to stop myself and think, do I really want to do that thing, or am I just trying to be polite?
And there are certain people in my life who I am starting to think must have some kind of condition; anytime I say or do anything, they say they wish they could in response. I call this…..
I wish syndrome.
Oh yeah, I ran up that hill today, the view was incredible. I wish I could do that. Um, you can? It isn’t a private hill.
I went to 6 am yoga today. Oh man, I wish I could do that. But it’s just so early. No shit it’s early. Of course it’s early. But the whole point of 6 am yoga is to get up early and get your sweat on, and then grab some coffee and get on with your day. Are you incapable of setting your alarm?
I was in Sonoma for a yoga and running retreat last month and it was magical. Oh, I’ve been wanting to do that. I wish I could travel and go on fun fitcations like that. Why can’t you? If you really want to, pick a retreat, a fun racecation, or maybe even a good, local camping spot, save some money and make the necessary arrangements to get there. How about the EMPOWER Retreat with Lorna Jane and Fit Approach in Vancouver, B.C.? Just sayin’….I’d truly LOVE to see you there!
I made homemade almond milk for the first time and it is incredible …and surprisingly, so easy! Wow, you’re like a regular Martha Stewart, I wish I could do that. Dude, you can totally do it. Buy a nut milk bag on Amazon. Soak some almonds, put them in a blender with water, strain them and then add whatever you want and voila, you’ve got yourself almond milk.
I farted the alphabet…wait, what? No. I didn’t actually do that. Just wanted to see if you were still awake or perhaps wishing you were somewhere else, reading something else, anything else….Ok, so I don’t really wish to fart the alphabet, well, not today, anyway. But if I wanted to, I’d like to think that I wouldn’t just wish I could. I’d like to think that I would create a plan and start practicing to make that noisy dream into reality.
Stop wishing. Start doing.
If you find yourself saying, I wish I could do that a little too often, it’s time to get to action. You are more than capable of achieving whatever you set your mind to and can bring your dreams to life and make your time truly count.
While I know, it is scary to take on new challenges, make changes, or even try and adapt to new habits or lifestyles, but trying new things and challenging ourselves is how we grow, evolve, and learn to be the best versions of ourselves. And trust me, I know it’s more comfortable to just dream about doing the things you want to do than actually do them; my life would probably be a lot less complicated if I just stuck to sitting around wishing, but I believe that I would be far less fulfilled. And just like the saying goes, no great things come from comfort zones.
Push your edge.
You’ve got to go out there and get things moving. Start by taking one tiny action that brings that dream closer to coming to life. That small action will give you the confidence to then take a bigger action and so on and so forth.
Whether it’s signing up for your first ever yoga class or race, attempting your first handstand off the wall, crushing a set of HIIT Yoga push-ups, going on a fitcation or trying your first ever racecation or even perhaps getting certified to teach HIIT Yoga (ahem, all of you who keep wishing you could…)…
…stop wishing your life away, and instead create a plan and get after it.
And if you’re still not convinced that sitting around and wishing won’t get you where you want to go, check out the latest Everything Speaks podcast, hosted by Lee Caraher (featuring yours truly, of course). I talk about my less than perfect path to realizing my dreams and the importance of making changes.
What are you wishing you could do? And how are you going to make that wish come true?
Stay sweaty friends!