What You Can Learn From Regina Brett: Get Up, Dress Up, and Show Up

I’m sure you’ve probably  seen the 45 Lessons Life Taught Me that Regina Brett created when she turned 45.  When she turned 50 she added five more lessons to the list.

Yes, this is the same ’45 Lessons’ that you see being shared on Facebook with the picture of a 90 year old woman attached to it.

Somewhere along the way, the real Regina Brett’s 45 lessons became popular and were shared numerous times through e-mail and Facebook.  And, for some reason, Regina suddenly aged. Drastically! She is in fact in her mid 50’s but her lessons are attributed to the charismatic 90 year old woman pictured below.

Who is this woman that is getting the credit for writing the 'Lessons'?

Who is this woman that is getting the credit for writing the ‘Lessons’?

Not that her age matters.  I’ve read 45 Lessons several times and find that they are good tips that will reduce stress (#47), remind us that gratitude is a pillar of good health (#40) and encourage us to live each day fully engaged and in the moment (#41).

One of my Facebook friends shared the lessons this week and people began posting comments about which one was their favorite so I followed along.  It was easy for me.  Lesson 46 has always been my favorite: No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

That, my friends, is the secret to living a purposeful, productive life.

It is also the secret to reaching your fitness and weight loss goals. Don’t give into spending a day with your head tucked under the sheets because you’re just not ‘feeling it’.  There are too many of those days to count and they tend to multiply if you make a habit of surrendering to them.

This approach to life is best suited for dogs.

This approach to life is best suited for dogs.   Photo by Eugene 0126jp

1. Get up.

Getting up. The hardest, but most critical, of the three.  You can’t really do much if you don’t get out of the bed or comfy recliner, or push away from the computer. The longer you stay in a reclined position the harder it is to get motivated to get up and take that walking break, do your Be Fit workout for the day, or complete day five of your Couch to 5K program.

As soon as you feel the first pang of procrastination seeping into your thoughts, get up and get dressed for whatever it is you promised yourself you would do today.

2. Dress Up.

One of my pet peeves is people that schlep around the gym in P.E. shorts and a faded, over-sized t-shirt.  How can you put your best effort into a workout if you’re dressed like you sneaked out of the house hoping you wouldn’t run into anyone you know?

You don’t have to be dressed in top-of–the-line fitness attire, but wearing clothes that are colorful, fit right and are made for exercising will increase your motivation.  The better you look, the better you will feel and the more confidence you will have in your ability to accomplish your goals. Target, TJ Maxx and Wal Mart have great deals on workout clothes that won’t blow your budget and you’ll feel like a million bucks in them.

There’s no reason not to dress the same way if you work out at home, are going out to walk the dog or for a quick run through the neighborhood.  Plan to dress for success whatever your workout plans are.

3. Show Up.

This is the easiest of the three.  Once you’ve accomplished steps one and two, your motivation is clicking and you’re set up for success.  You’ve peeled yourself away from Law and Order re-runs or Pinterest (not easy to do) and put on your favorite yoga pants. What comes next is up to you, but the hard work is done.

Don’t’ forget to dream and set big hairy audacious goals (BHAGs) for yourself. Once you understand the importance of Lesson #46 and begin to practice it daily, your dreams will become a reality

What’s your favorite lesson?  Please share by leaving a comment in the box below.

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