I have learned over time – I’ve had to learn – that when I start doing something that might not be on par with my commitments, goals, or decisions, that it’s time to take a step back and look at myself. And ask…what’s going on?

Let’s take exercise.

I say I want to lose weight. I say I want to become more toned. I say that I want my body to feel strong, healthy and move without pain. (I say I want to look like Monica Brant!) And I even commit to it all through contracting with a fitness company to help me achieve my goals (aka Body3 Fitness), and I state it publicly to most I talk to (and I even write a blog about my journey through The 21-Day Challenge).

The words are there, but is the action?

Since starting to train with the folks at Body3 Fitness, I’ve made some progress. But I could make more. The only one who is responsible for my not making more progress is me. No one else. The Body3 Fitness team is there to help in any way – that’s easy to see.


Lately I’ve been getting to my training sessions later and later and later. It’s becoming repetitive. When that happens, I know it’s time to take that step back and look at myself and ask that question. What’s going on? Do I really want to lose weight and get toned? Do I really want my body to feel strong, healthy and move without pain? Do I really want to look like Monica Brant? Or are they all just words?

So what do I see when I step back? I see an overly busy life and schedule. I see myself making excuses because of the overly busy schedule. I’m the only one who created that schedule. So truly I’m the only one who can change what I created.

I also see myself not taking the time to center myself so that I can slow down long enough to make the right choices commensurate with my dreams, goals and objectives.

Ultimately, I see myself not making the decisions that will help me achieve my goals. I see myself not taking action.

So here’s what I do… The first thing is to take this step back – which you are reading about now. Next, I must spend a little time reflecting on what I want. I must review my dreams, goals and objectives and make sure they are what I truly desire. And I must recommit to them.

Then I must make sure I get back on track and do the things I know I need to do to center myself each morning. I know the things that work for me but often I let life and other’s opinions get me off track. I’m all for trying new things, but sometimes you just need to stick with the basics. I’m actually the worst culprit though; I am the one who gets me off track most all the time.

So if I do truly want to achieve what I say I want to achieve, I must act now.

I must take action. Actions speak louder than words.

Put plainly, this is what I must do achieve what I say I want to achieve:

“I will act now. I will act now. I will act now. Henceforth, I will repeat these words each hour, each day, every day, until the words become as much a habit as my breathing, and the action which follows becomes as instinctive as the blinking of my eyelids. With these words I can condition my mind to perform every action necessary for my success. I will act now. I will repeat these words again and again and again. I will walk where failures fear to walk. I will work when failures seek rest. I will act now for now is all I have. Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when the failure will succeed. I am not a failure. I will act now. Success will not wait. If I delay, success will become wed to another and lost to me forever. This is the time. This is the place. I am the person.”– Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World

I will act now! How ‘bout you?

Your Body3 Fitness 21-day Challenge Friend, Christy Stratton