You work hard. You do all you can to raise and care for your children. You pride yourself on following up on your responsibilities. You know what you should do to improve your health, but you lack the motivation to do anything. You don’t believe you can improve your health with the time and knowledge available to you.
You’re overwhelmed at times. Overwhelmed with responsibilities for family and friends. Overwhelmed while scrolling online through mountains of contextless information. Overwhelmed with the expectations of parenting, work, and fitness cultures – to name a few. There’s so much you feel you should be doing, but you don’t have the time to do it all. Sometimes you realize what you’re doing isn’t even helping you get better at what matters to you. Still, your attention darts from here to there, no situation getting the focus it deserves.
These are all thoughts I’ve had at one point or another throughout the past 5 years. It can be demotivating when you can’t do what you think you should be doing.
Over the years and through various challenges, I’ve figured some things out. Every time I get in my own head about these things, I have to figure out how to keep moving forward in a meaningful way. Without knowing it, I’d put together an empowering framework that works again and again. It enables me to look at challenges from a different perspective. The result is that I continue to grow and get better with each new experience.
I’d like to share the framework with you here. It’s simple, although not easy:
- Curiosity – I ask myself what’s important to me right now.
- Commitment – Based on that answer, I determine what I need to do to honor that value/belief.
- Community – I’m a people person. I always prefer to grow alongside others. Life and its experiences seem more gratifying and worthwhile that way.
I call these the 3C’s. You can use these to explore possibilities for your own betterment and growth.