Minimum Baseline Thinking: Build Trust With Yourself

A minimum baseline is the least amount of anything that you are willing to do on the daily towards a goal you’ve set and to shift your goal for now away from the lofty end product, to focus on what really matters.

When we break this habit of overcommitting to others and under- committing to ourselves, we can start to meet our goals, to build our self- love and self-trust and to live the wildly intentional life we each dream of.

I am perfect and lovable and worthy. And I don’t have to do anything to prove it ever.

The minimum daily baseline is a commitment you make to the smallest, tiniest thing in lots of detail.

If you want to start a practice of daily meditation, mindfulness, thought work and future self planning, it starts with a commitment to a minimum baseline.

Don’t let your brain run away with you thinking about the most perfect thing to commit to.

Once you’ve decided on the minimum baseline that you’re committing to, the first step is committing to working on the one you just committed to.

  • not for the number of nights gone without buffering with alcohol or whatever your favorite buffer is. Mine is overthinking, for the record.
  • not for the number of conversations had without devolving into insults or petty arguments
  • not for the number of mornings started with self-reflection or body-loving, body-affirming movement, which is hopefully the only kind you are doing, my darling

But rather, for the sake of honoring your commitment to yourself, for the sake of doing what you said you were going to do.

When your energy is moving towards something, you harness the power of your internal motivation, knowing motivation is a feeling caused by your thoughts.

My beauty, we must learn how to love and overcome our own discomfort by honoring it.

When you commit to this minimum daily baseline, this five minutes of stretching or movement or whatever each day, or twice a week, whatever it is for you, you can remember that you’re building slow and steady trust with you.

Make sure you take that first step and be willing to continue on and honor that minimum baseline to and for yourself, remembering no one’s forcing you, no one’s imposing this on you.

That’s not really what matters. It’s not the length of time or the number of days. It’s making the commitment and sticking to it. The commitment comes first. That is your foundation.

You will have completely transformed your relationship with yourself.

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Victoria Albina, NP, MPH

Victoria Albina, NP, MPH

Victoria Albina, NP, MPH is a certified life coach, breathwork facilitator, holistic Nurse Practitioner and host of the podcast Feminist Wellness.