Can you believe we are already at step three? If you are just joining us, we are working through the series Create a Life You Love. So far we have gone through Step One: Prioritize and Step Two: Plan. Today we begin Step Three: Practice- Implement your plan.

I don’t know about you, but last week was hard. I struggle with saying no, even when I know it’s in order to say yes to great things.

I wish I could tell you it will get easier this week, but I can’t. This week gets harder as we begin to implement our plan.

All that work you have done, and will continue to do, is worth it because this week you will begin to catch the first glimpses of a life you love.

I have likened the process of creating a life you love, to that of rebuilding a classic car. My husband and daughters like to watch these shows where they rebuild classic cars. Many of the cars on these shows have had parts added that are either unoriginal or have been modified in some way. The unoriginal parts take away from the authenticity of the car. The talented mechanics on the show (artists really) put the car back together, sometimes painstakingly, with the original pieces. The results of the rebuilt car are always stunning.

That is what we are doing. We have stripped the unimportant things in our life away in step one, created a plan to keep our most important things a priority in step two, and this week we begin to rebuild and put that plan into practice in step three.

Piece by piece, part by part. This is where we put it all into action. It is going to take adjustment and practice. The things you planned may not work right away. That is okay, keep working and fine-tuning. Start with one day, then two, working every day this week to make small actionable changes in order to see the larger change in your life.

What does that mean? Well, simply put this is where we do hard work. Last week after examining and evaluating your daily life/schedule/calendar you made a list of the things you would need to say no to, or in some cases yes to, in order to put (and keep) your five priorities a priority. Using that list, you are going to begin to actually say no, or yes.

I understand how hard this can feel because I’ve done it. If there is one thing I really struggle with, it is saying no. I worry about letting people down and what they will say. But I promise you, people are understanding. If you, like me, have trouble saying no, I have put together a printable page with 20 ways to say no. Use this to give you ideas of how to say no. When in doubt, be honest. You don’t have to give away all the details but you can simply say you are changing some things in your life and right now you just don’t have time.

If you begin to feel overwhelmed slow down. This process will take time especially if you are implementing a long-term plan. Little by little you will put the pieces back together, and just like those classic cars, it will look stunning!

As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns: Alana@alanadawson.com I am happy to walk with you through this process. Next week is the final week and I can’t wait to share that final step with you.

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