Dare boldly

A blog by Louise Gallagher

Attention. Clarity. Commitment. It’s all in, “I will”.


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Dare to unfold your dreams
Louise Gallagehr 2014
Acrylic & mixed media
10 x 10″

When I am looking to change something in my life, I need to check if my will is engaged.

It’s all part of the Tower of Power.

I wish.

I want.

I can.

I will.

I wish I was fit again is part of my desire to live a healthy, balanced life.

I’ve let my physical well-being slide. Sure I can still climb 3 flights of stairs without getting winded, but I’m not doing a lot of muscle building activities, or yoga, to achieve balance and harmony in my world. My Dharma is out of whack.

In my desire there is no power unless I move from the place of wanting or desire in the tower to the position of power in my WILL.

I WILL get fit is still not igniting my imagination though until I get specific.

I WILL go to yoga three times a week is close — but I still haven’t specified when. I haven’t checked my calendar and named the time.

Getting from Desire to Action is a conscious and physical move. It requires three very important aspects.

Attention. Clarity. Commitment.

I have thought about ‘getting fit’ for quite some time. One of the things I realized was I was using past-tense a lot when thinking about fitness. I used to run an hour a day. I used to train for the marathon. I used to have the time…

Time hasn’t changed its pace (even though some days it feels like it) and I am not really any more busy than I was in the past. In fact, in many ways, I’m less busy. My daughters are adults. They no longer live at home. The commitments I have are all around my life and what I spend my time on for me.

Where does the time go?

Fact is, it isn’t about time.

It’s about my lack of clarity and attention on my desire to ‘get fit’.

If I isolate time, I see that my evenings are often wasted on watching television. I get home from work, I tell myself I’m tired, I need to veg out for a bit and will sit down with C.C. to watch a show. One show turns to two and suddenly I discover the entire evening is gone.

Problem is… watching television makes me more tired than when I started. It drains my creativity. It stunts my imagination and sucks my energy right out of me.

I’m clear on that. I know it. Yet, I’m still doing it.

Along with the clarity, I need to put my attention on what I want — big picture.

Big Picture I want to feel healthy, fit and strong.

To get from the little to the big, I need to bring my WILL to bear.

I need to make a plan.

OK. Get that. What’s my plan?

For me, many a goal has been lost because I’ve thought I should be able to attain it with one giant leap. In the clarity of that thought, I see what I need to do. Baby steps. Begin with small acts of wellness that when added together will become one big thing.

Do I want to run another marathon? A 10 kilometre race? Or, is it that I want to be able to feel the benefits of walking outside for an hour every evening?

What is my ‘win’? What do I want?

I want to feel healthy, fit, ALIVE!

I want my body to be strong, flexible, active.

Time to engage my WILL.

Time to pay attention to what I want more of in my life, get clear and get committed to making it happen.


Go to Yoga (or do a Yoga video) 2x a week for the next 4 weeks. Up it to a minimum of 3x a week for the next 4 and then 3+ after that.

Wait….. what time? When? Be clear.  Every Saturday morning to begin. Every Tuesday evening after work.  (I am allowed to add on sessions. I will not subtract.)


Walk half an hour a day, minimum, outside, every day — even if Ellie can’t come. (Ellie the wonder pooch is no longer able to go for ‘walks’. She can toddle along but maximum is 10 minutes. She’s on new medication but it is not really making a difference to her back leg. She’s torn the ACL and surgery is not a possibility given her age and anxiety around anything strange and new and unusual — and surgery is all of those!) This is easy to do at lunch time when I’m downtown. My office is just a couple of blocks from the river. (Note to self: take a pair of running shoes to the office and keep them there.)


STOP watching TV every night. I don’t like it. Never have. But I’m doing it. It’s my lazy response to staying out of the zone of WILL.

What about you? Where are you not bringing your WILL to bear to get what you want in your life? Where are you lacking in Attention. Clarity. Commitment.


Author: Louise Gallagher

I believe in wonder. I believe we are all magnificent beings of divine beauty. I believe we can make a difference in this world, through every act, word, thought. I believe we create ripples with everything we do and say and want to inspire everyone to use their ripple to create a better world for everyone. I'm grateful you're here.

12 thoughts on “Attention. Clarity. Commitment. It’s all in, “I will”.

  1. you are not alone

    millions …. or perhaps billions of us have the same problem

    we are comfortable, have sedentary jobs and lifestyles that resemble a prosperous society

    we don’t work with our bodies (ie: hunters and gatherers), we work indoors, we have so much liesure time

    writing about it is good

    thinking about it is good

    doing … that isn’t going to happen by thinking or writing

    doing is doing

    do, do, do, do

    so .. go, go, go



    p.s. … as winter lingers we forget how much spring will encourage us outside, to walk, run, ride our bikes …. very soon all this crap will melt … any day now!


  2. Louise,
    Thank you for taking the time to write & send this. Your smile and laughter is a gift.
    Have you noticed more sunlight hours in the evening? I certainly have and it excites me.
    Have a terrific Thursday.


  3. Motivation has different pulls and levels of resistance. Incentive. Fear. Achievement. Growth. Power. Social. Love. I could easily achieve great feats as a mother because of the motivation of love for my children. The same pull (of love) does not work for myself, and generally I need to turn to achievement or growth. When it comes to health, however, FEAR is my greatest motivator. Every time I get stuck in the no-motivation hemisphere I think of my father having suffered his fatal stroke at age 49. This was 40 years ago but I here my inner voice ‘is this want you want for you?’ When the answer is ‘no’, I get back onto my healthy diet / exercise regime.


    • Once again Elizabeth you have added beautiful clarity and insight. I lvoe how you differentiate between motivation’s levels. How with ‘getting healthy’ the pull to do around our children, doesn’t always work! So true. And I like the inner voice connected to a ‘for the benefit of’. Thanks my friend. You shine!


  4. Wonderful post Louise! It calls to my mind the old adage of ‘where there’s a will there’s a way’
    Thank you for this excellent reminder to remain focused, and then take action. 😀 Gina


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