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Jul072011

This @#$% Really Works

It's kinda funny how I live and breathe thought-work and yet I am still absolutely shocked when it works.

It's like, duh.

What did I think was going to happen? That it wouldn't work?

So here's the event that triggered my latest need to use my own coaching.

It's called Tuesday morning.

As in the Tuesday after a 3 day weekend.

More specifically the Tuesday after the 3-day-4th-of-July weekend that I spent at the lake in my homemade-island of happiness. (Picture floatie, add a giant sun-shielding umbrella held with my big toe for stability, my pink watered-down-because-ice-melts-really-fast-in-100+temperatures cocktail, giant sunglasses, tons of sunsceen, and my no-brain-cells-needed summer reading... add these together and you get homemade-island of happiness.)

I digress... back to Tuesday morning.

Before I even opened my eyes - I felt this sinking feeling. Ugh.

I hate sinking feelings. 

This was worse than a I-need-coffee-and-now sinking feeling.

This was like actual dread.

I am not a fan of dread.

I used to feel that feeling all the time. I was used to it. I could tolerate it.

But now... it's shocking. And horrible. 

I laid there for a while and then took my dread for a walk to my coffee maker.

Then I took it with me to my computer. Opened it. 5 million emails (I've already told you that I never exaggerate). All important. Ugh. 

Dread got bigger.

Then, miraculously. Through the pink-drink-soaked web of brain cells, two neurons made contact.

Oh my gosh! I know how to fix this. 

I can coach myself.

Must.

Fix.

This.

Now.

So here's the dialogue that I had with myself:

Coach Self: What's up with the dread? What's the thought causing it?

Pink Drink Self: I have so much work to do. I don't know where to start. I will never finish. I need to get that kit on my site. I have all those classes to edit. I need to correct the coaches' tests. I need to listen to the other coach's recordings, I needtocheckmy5millionemailsand...

Coach Self: Woah.... slow down. First of all... You don't have SO much work to do. You have your work to do. Period. And you do know where to start. And you know that it is never done and that's ok. So what's really bothering you?

Pink Drink Self: I have a bunch of half-finished projects - and my people prefer to pay me money when my projects are fully finished. 

Coach Self: Ok - that's the one to work.

Pink Drink Self: (writing in journal now - using Brooke's Self Coaching Model)

Circumstance (C): Tuesday morning

Thought (T): I have a bunch of half-finished projects and will never finish them which means I will never be paid and then I will be broke and then I will be known as the worst money coach ever. (A little dramatic - but that's what I was thinking)

Feeling (F): DREAD (Ahhhh... there you are you sneaky bastard... I found the thought causing you. HA!)

Action (A): Open my laptop and religiously facebook, read my horoscope, and delete spam (totally productive, shut up.)

Result (R): I end up with a bunch of half-finished projects and no income.

 

NEW BETTER FEELING MODEL

C: Tuesday morning

T: I can totally do this.

F: determined (soooo much better than dread)

A: friggin work my ass off and commit to not facebooking, chatting or anything else for the next two work days until my projects are DONE

R: Work gets DONE. (If you want to see what I actually did do in real life - click here. This page didn't exist on my site two days ago - and now it does. I love myself.)

 

Ahhhh.... 

Feel.

So.

Much.

Better. (Hence the title of this post.)

 

So... two days later... one new thought created: 

  • A WAY better feeling
  • A new web page with a bunch of finished and awesome things to share with you
  • And I have a new blog post.

 

Honestly... try my thought out and see if it works for you.

I can totally do this.

(If you're not from California - you might want to drop the 'totally' as you may not be as comfortable with surfer-speak as I am... but feel free to insert another word of your choice there.)

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (11)

You do not know how much I needed to read a post like this tonight...my little piece of Meadow. Now maybe I can stop stressing and start taking action! Perfect timing.

Love, K

July 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlyn

I absolutely love this Meadow. Love your style and your wit. I must say, the thing that got me to read it in the first place - the pink drink! That's a sure fire way to get my attention.

July 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSheri

Awe. Kaitlyn - you can totally do this. You're a kick-ass world traveler!!

July 7, 2011 | Registered CommenterMeadow DeVor

Sheri - I'm with you - cocktails are so beautiful. Especially pink ones. Hmmm... maybe I should just start using photos of cocktails and then using them as muses for my blog posts...

We might be onto somethin' here...

Stay tuned.

July 7, 2011 | Registered CommenterMeadow DeVor

Your so funny Meadow and so totally (we say that downunder too) wise. Just what I needed in my cold house with a hailstorm outside and a cold brewing in my head.

Quit my damn whining, I can totally get my projects done. Well maybe not all of them but not everythings ever totally done.

Love your work.

Vix

July 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVicki Rowe

Vix- I'm so glad to hear that you guys say 'totally' too! Thanks for reading... now go get your @#% done.

July 7, 2011 | Registered CommenterMeadow DeVor

We are rowdies. Watch this.
You are awesome, love this post.
your friend, HI5-0
x

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Meadow, you just know how to say it. Thanks!

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