“Transformation is not a future event. It is a present activity. That is why you must bring everything that you have to give in every moment. And it doesn’t have to be perfect, it’s not about perfect; it’s about effort. When you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens, that’s how change occurs.” – Jillian Michaels.

So, I have this problem.

Sometimes, when things get too difficult or strenuous, I just give up. I hate to admit that I’m a quitter, but that’s kinda what I’ve done throughout my life. I convince myself that whatever it is I wanted must not be for me, or I really don’t want to achieve it, and I quit. Just like that.

You see, things have sort of come easy for me.

I got into college without much effort and sort of as an afterthought. I got into grad school in New York and lucked up on a place to stay in Manhattan by chance. And when I moved back to L.A. from NYC– desperately in need of a job–I sent out just one resume (to my homie), went on one (marathon) interview, and got the job.

This has been the story of my life.

While others bust their ass to get what they want, I’ve always had this ability to luck up on some really, really good things in my life and just go with the flow—turning those opportunities into something more substantial has been harder to achieve, probably because that takes WORK.

Even though I’ve been “lucky” in my life, riding the universe’s wave of generosity has only gotten me so far. I’m still not where I want to be and I believe it’s because I don’t really work as hard as I could.

My problem? I half-ass things expecting fabulous results. Sometimes great things happen (i.e. getting a slew of freelance gigs), and others…not so much, but yet I continue to turn in half-hearted attempts at my goals.

Realizing this about myself, I decided I needed a reboot. This month I committed to consistently working on my business and living a healthier life.

Although I’ve made this commitment before, this time is different. I want to see what happens if I actually see something through for once. How much healthier will I be? How will my business grow? How will it feel to finally finish something I set out to do?

While I’ve decided to focus on my health and my business, you can apply a reboot to any part of your life.

Think about it: how many times have you failed to follow-through in your own life? Perhaps you’ve been thinking about going back to school, eating healthier, or finishing your book, but you just haven’t. No matter how many times you commit to finally getting it done, you just don’t.

It’s easy to get discouraged, but the beauty of life is that you can always start over. No matter how many times you’ve failed to meet your goals, you can always start again.

Before you put it off another week, month or year, now is a good time to give it another shot.

Happy Monday, Clutchettes! 

  • O’Phylia

    Just in time for NaNoWriMo, ha!

    Well, I need to reboot my spiritual life. I go to church and Bible studies and all that jazz, but I haven’t been reading my Bible solo in a good minute. I need to restart devotions.

  • shadow

    REBOOT!! I like that and truly need it!! Thanks Brit!

  • Amaka

    I admire ur honesty!

  • http://theantifash.blogspot.com TheAntifash

    Needed this!

  • Chic noir

    The lady in the stock photo sure is pretty.

  • Chic noir

    Good post. I was just thinking about some things I wish to change in life while power walking on the treadmill earlier today.

    I just have to move pass this procrastination problem I’ve developed within the last few years.

  • http://gravatar.com/bossladi bossladi

    PREACH! This message is so timely.

  • Gell0h0h

    Great read. I’m in the process of doing that myself. I’m wrapping up my first semester of graduate school and I can tell you I have been doing heavy self analysis and assessment of the person I am and who I want to become. I have some readjustments and certain habits, mentality and people to leave behind. I really enjoy these.

  • Downsouth Transplant

    Britni, i have been halfassing my way through college, grad school, my job, my r/ship my parenting, & life in general. I have a perpetual fear of turning into that over-driven overzealous person in ANYTHING. I do put effort in doing things just not being into perfection or excellence. I am printing this out & putting it on my mirror a daily reminder may change my purposefulness walk in life. Thank YOU for pointing out need for change in ME!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/elouisejulie Erika Louise-Julie

    Awesome Article!!!!!!

  • Jackie

    Thank you for this! This was such a timely message for me! I have to work harder!

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