Conviction and doing what you say you will….

I find myself in a bit of a pickle today.  I’m not whining, no not at all.  I’m just explaining to you my morning, so that you can understand where I am coming from later.

Thanksgiving Day was wonderful.  We had lots of great time with family, we had delicious food, and after a pleasant evening with our legal family, we headed out to our Thursday night poker game, to spend the evening with more people that we love – our friend family.  We didn’t even stay out that late, but my husband was mighty tired, and I think probably had turkey induced snoring of godzilla-esque nature.  I could not sleep.  I headed to the couch.  Then the cats fought all night, including jumping onto my chest mid fight and waking me out of my barely attained slumber.  I actually went BACK to bed at 5:30 when hubby woke up and fell asleep.  I had a lot planned to do today, but I slept until 10:30.  That’s the joy of working for yourself, I just flat out don’t set alarms 90% of the year.  But I had a lot planned today.  Including an hour of phone calls that had to be made for business, and deliveries to clients.  Waking up at 10:30 was NOT part of the agenda.  My agenda tonight includes a family birthday party, which I need to make a dressing for, and a party for my husbands’ job.

When I got home from my deliveries around 4:30, I realized I was really really short on time.  But I was also worn out and useless.  I took a look at the rest of my to do list, and decided to do one of my favorite things – take a power nap.  That, my friends, is a 20-60 minute nap, depending on what you want to gain from it.  I find that 20 minutes is great, because at 40ish and up, my body just wants MORE sleep, while 20 minutes just gives me a little pep of energy.  Learn more about naps and the perfect length – it’s neat info!

That meant I had exactly 80 minutes left when I got up to make the calls, and get the dressing ready.  WAIT!!!!  Mid calls, I realized I pledged to write this blog DAILY for 28 days.  I’m probably NOT going to write it when I get home after a work party, right?  So, now my agenda includes blogging in what was now 40 minutes left.  And I could easily make the excuse that I ran out of time, but I gave my word.

Which is why I am writing RIGHT NOW.  To make sure it gets done.  And the feeling of doing what I said, and upholding my word feels much better than the guilt (bad vibration) I would feel not getting it done.

Which brings me to another favorite saying – HOW YOU DO ANYTHING IS HOW YOU DO EVERYTHING.  If you are a person of your word who gets what you say you will done, then you always do it. If you are a late person, you are always late, (me 5-7 minutes and I’m bound and determined to change that). If you ditch out when you had an appointment, then you always do.  If you don’t show up to things you said you would show up….you get the point.

One of my favorite books ever ever ever is “The Fifth Agreement” by Don Miguel RuizDon Jose Ruiz, and Janet Mills.  The first agreement to having a happy and fulfilled life is this:

Be IMPECCABLE with your word.  Speak with integrity.  Say what you mean, avoid speaking against yourself or others, and use the power of your word in the discretion of truth and love.

Not read it yet?  DO IT.  It will change your life.

The 5 agreements

I hope you enjoyed my brief post today.  I’ll go over the rest of the agreements over the next few days.

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