Aristotle once said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore is not an act, but a habit."
This quote inspired me when creating the week seven mantra for The Energy Barre's Fall In Love With Your Body Challenge.
The women who set out on this eight-week challenge can now see the end is near. By this point, most know if they are on track to complete the challenge successfully or if they will fall somewhere short of a perfect score. So at this point I like to unveil the true purpose behind this challenge. If you hadn't guessed, the true purpose is not to achieve a perfect score.
But first, earning a perfect score is AMAZING, and highly encouraged to all of the challengers out there because telling yourself that you will do something and then following through does AMAZING things for self-esteem and the way you see yourself. In life, you should always aim high and keep reaching higher.
Still, the point is not to earn a perfect score and then put away your leggings until the next challenge. The point is to establish healthy HABITS that contribute to your very best life. Our challenges help to set the wheels in motion for strong habit creation. Committing to something and feeling an obligation to a community of people as well as yourself is a powerful tool in breaking old habits and creating new ones, or trying something that you never thought you could do. Our challenges are run periodically to help keep that sense of obligation in check, but the greatest challenge of all is to maintain consistency in the space between.
THIS is where we can all earn a perfect score. If you broke this challenge out perfectly, you would be taking four classes per week, achieving ten thousand steps per day and working up a good cardio sweat two times per week. Many of you did not achieve this perfect breakdown, because that is not always possible. Perhaps some weeks you were able to take five or six classes and others only two. Perhaps some days you fell short on your steps, but you were aware of your bodies movement and striving for 10k each day. This is working with a goal in mind and making it happen whatever way you can and whatever way works best for your own life. As this challenge wraps up, begin to think about how you can comfortably (or semi-uncomfortably) maintain some resemblance of this challenge in your daily life. This act will be defining your version of excellence. Because, as Aristotle said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore is not an act, but a habit."
As you work through week seven of this challenge keep this mantra in mind:
Excellence is a habit.
Shift your perspective regarding the end because, in fact, when you reach week eight, it should feel like it is just the beginning of something GREAT. Your happiest, healthiest LIFE!