I love to write; so I’m no stranger to journaling. Not only is it a way to capture a snapshot of your life, it’s therapeutic. It helps you see where you are and how far you’ve come. In fact, journaling has become so popular over the years that now you hear of people having multiple journals for different things. Let’s see, there’s the gratitude journal, the food journal, the career journal and so on. That’s a lot of writing (and venting).
So today, I’ve got a new one for you. It’s called your playbook. If you ever saw the movie Water Boy with Adam Sandler, you know that there was a football coach who had all of these winning plays and when he lost it-well, he lost his mojo. Back to us! Much like that coach had a book of plays to get a touch down, we need a book of plays to get what we want. Now you might be thinking, “but I already know my next move. It’s in my career journal, or my chore journal, or my what happened twenty years ago journal.” Well maybe this suggestion isn’t for you.
But if you are one of those women that has come to the realization that even on a good day, you are still ’Wack & Tired,’ then this is for you. Perhaps you were one of those starry-eyed twenty-somethings that admired a woman (famous or not) and said, “one day I’m going to be/look like that.” Now fast forward ten, fifteen…twenty years later and you are still not there, then this is for you. Maybe you’re at the point of settling. Maybe you’re succumbing to the thought that, that level of success or beauty only happens to other women. Then this assignment is for you.
Tonight, instead of whining about your boss in that big journal or obsessing over that snickers in your food diary, let’s start fresh. Start with writing down the woman you want to be, the woman you are inside. Yes, the one you’ve held hostage to the rut you fell into.
Write down what that life is like. You can start small, but don’t be afraid to be honest. After all, it’s your playbook. If you want to be a fashionista, say it. If you want adventure and to reach the epitome of fitness, write it. If you want to travel the world, get it on paper. Then take a good long look at the gap between where you are and where you want to be-that’s your destination. That’s your touchdown. Then, write down at least three things you need to do differently to get closer to that goal! It’s just like drawing those X’s and O’s that coaches use to illustrate the winning play.
Instead of just wanting it to happen, make it happen! It’s not too late. But it’s going to take focus and a lot of details to get it done. This is just the beginning! Stay with me. We’re going to win. I can feel it!