So what the heck does Raspberry Cream Pie day have to do with becoming the best version of you?
You know I am going to explain.
First stop; the ingredients
• 1-1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 45 wafers)
• 1/3 cup chopped pecans
• 1/4 cup butter, melted
• 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
• 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
• 2 tablespoons orange liqueur
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
• 1 cup sugar
• 3 tablespoons cornstarch
• 3 tablespoons water
• 2-1/2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries, divided
From a novice in the baking arena, the list above is what I would call reasonably overwhelming. Meaning, I know what all the ingredients are, nothing is too hard to locate, but the sheer length of the list is something that would have me thinking twice before jumping in. Now, there may be a day that I wake up and am all about this recipe, but most likely I will file this under too complicated and just move along.
And that, my friends, is where I shall marry the two topics: Raspberry Cream Pie and Becoming Great.
Life is very similar to a recipe. Everyday a new set of challenges, opportunities and directional choices appear before us. We have choices to make. We have situations to attend to. What we don’t have is a nice clean list that is available at our favorite store. That is where the similarities shift.
We do, however, have the same decision in both cases. Are we going to try, or file it away as too hard? When your eyes open to the first sunbeam (or moonbeam for my night shifters) what are we going to do? For a larger majority of the population, it seems obvious to me that ‘do nothing’ has been the default. The question is…am I one of them?
Do I take the easy way more often than I should?
Do I give up before I begin?
Do I opt out of my own life experiences?
The answer for me was yes, for years. I would wake up defeated. I would live in the peripheral. I would avoid making a decision at all costs. If there was an available excuse for not doing something new, or hard, or at all, I would wrap it around myself like a cloak. Call it what you will, I was not about to combine the ingredients of life and try to make something if it wasn’t necessary. I was looking for the easy way. Completely complacent with the way things were.
Complacency is the equivalent of a microwave dinner. It’s easy, quick, and the consequences seem minor. It’s not tasty or noteworthy, but it keeps you alive – so there’s that.
At what point, though, did we decide life should merely be endured? Why does a life lacking decision appeal to us? Why does challenge equal impossible? And more importantly, why are we all subscribing to this?
I would love to give you an exact formula for how to master the motivation necessary to change this behavior, but it doesn’t exist. No one has that figured out in formulaic equations That’s not to say it’s nonexistent however. I am proof that it is. Rather than being a complex series of equations and formulas, it is a simple mind shift.
Yes, I said simple.
That beautiful word. We live our whole lives in pursuit of simple, but rarely see it. We hunt it like prey, but step right over it. I am constantly amazed at the amount of energy people pour into finding and easier way of doing things. I once saw a woman make a 17 page spreadsheet with all of her physical information for a weight loss program she was starting. She had a page and formula for every body part, and a section devoted to recipes and motivation. She had thought of everything. She was prepared for everything. However, she never started the program. She kept tweaking the spreadsheet, kept adjusting the recipes, kept postponing the start date. She’s not alone. I bet there are several of you who have dusty treadmills, unopened workout DVDs and subscriptions to gyms that have been unused for months (years).
I don’t say all of this to shame you, or make you feel bad. It’s merely the most common form of complacency I see. We neglect our own bodies and health more than anything else. Second to that would probably be our finances. How many money tracking apps do you have on your phone that you don’t use? Do you clip coupons but forget them? Do you know your exact Net Worth? Again, no shame throwing – just an observation.
So what about that simple thing Christina? Are you getting to that?
Here it is:
In order to change, you simply change.
What? What kind of fortune cookie garbage is this?
I know, I know…it’s simple to the point that we see it as oversimplification. The truth is; it really is that simple. The changes that will reroute your journey start in the mind. They begin as an emotionally charged moment where you feel a surge of motivation. A twinkle in time where you are convinced that success will be yours. A confidence in yourself that energizes you.
You’ve had them. You may be having one right now. I have one anytime I watch an infomercial.
So other than feeling grand for a moment, what is the point?
These moments do not have to stay motionless. They can be more than a fleeting feel good moment. They can be the beginning of greatness. They can be the catalyst. They can change your life. But they all hinge on motion. The forward kind. You have to take the first step. You have to make it happen for yourself.
(Don’t deflate on me yet)
What you don’t realize is that you are the complete package. You possess everything necessary to make a change. You can absolutely wake up every morning and do something.
Wanna lose 50 lbs?
Wake up tomorrow and do something about it.
Wanna get out out debt?
Wake up tomorrow and do something about it.
Wanna start a business for yourself?
You know the answer.
That something is the most important thing you can do. It doesn’t have to be huge. It doesn’t have to be grand. It just has to be something.
If weight loss is the goal, what would adding 30 minutes of walking to your day do?
Would it help? Absolutely!
Would 30 minutes of walking equal a 50lbs loss immediately? No, but it will keep the motion moving in the direction of the goal. It will move you forward. It will cause a reaction. That’s the problem most of us have. We focus so much on the final step that we don’t take the first one.
So, what if you decided that this was the day? This is the moment. Your dreams, plans, and desires have been on hold long enough. This is the perfect time to take your first step toward success. Your greatness is right before you. Step out, and start your journey today.
For all of my super adventurous bakers, the recipe and directions for the pie listed above can be found here: Pie recipe