This week has been totally crazy. I travelled to Calgary Canada to certify some new amazing indoor cycling instructors. Flew home Monday and had full 10 hour days with clients at the gym. And now I am leaving for Puerto Rico to see my family and take care of my father, whose health is questionable right now. On top of all of that I am working on a weight loss workshop and a new weight loss masterclass for all of you and training for a Half Ironman Triathlon in March. You think I’ve overscheduled myself???!!! LOL! I bet you feel the same way!

We’re all in this together.

And then I got this email from Ruth Soukup that really hit home and I really just wanted to share what she said because it hit home with me and I thought it may with you too. It felt like the universe was talking to me!

“The reality is that for most of us, life gets pretty crazy sometimes, and sometimes all those demands on our time can mean putting our dreams on the back burner. We tell ourselves we’ll get to them when things slow down, or when there’s more time, but then we never do.

Because the reality is that there will never be enough time for our big goals and dreams unless we put them first.

In my own life, I have discovered that the secret to making my goals and dreams a reality is getting up early every single day—even on the weekends—and dedicating those first few hours of the day to the big things.

I know a lot of people (including my son) think it’s completely crazy that I still get up at 4am every day, but those early morning hours, when the rest of the world is asleep and there are no other demands on my time, have made all the difference, especially during crazy seasons like this one. And honestly, without all those morning hours, there would be no Living Well Spending Less®, no Do It Scared®, no Living Well Planner®, no Elite Blog Academy®.

But make no mistake, getting up early every day comes at a cost. In order to get enough sleep and keep my immune system healthy, I have to be very diligent about getting to bed on time. I am almost always asleep by 9pm, and sometimes even earlier. And this usually means skipping out on evening activities that I enjoy, like going out, or reading a book, or playing games or watching a movie or favorite TV show.

It’s not always easy to say no to the fun things, but the truth is that every time we choose to say yes to something that is not a priority, we are—however unintentionally—saying NO to something that should be.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once noted that “things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” Along those same lines, Jim Rohn said, “if it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.”

In other words? If we want to find time for our dreams, we have to make them a priority.

My challenge for you this week is to resolve to become more intentional about making time for your big goals and dreams. Block time out in your calendar. Start waking up 30 minutes earlier. Skip your favorite TV show. Make the choice to do whatever it takes to get one step closer. A year from now, you might just be amazed by what a difference it will make.”

I hope you enjoyed this because I really believe in what she was saying here and speak to it on my blog. It applies to all areas of our lives. What you make important you will achieve. Of course I focus on health, fitness and women’s weight loss, but the principle works for anything you want to achieve.

Keep an eye out in the coming weeks as I am madly (but thoroughly) creating more free resources for you to help you reach your fitness goals! I’ll send some out next week and get you some information on my October weight loss boot camp and new weight loss course coming January 1st.

What you believe you can achieve! I’m here to help you every step of the way. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

“Limits like fears are often just an illusion.” Michael Jordan


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