When you think about it, most of the labor in the world is done by folks who don’t really feel like doing it.
I mean, let’s face it: if given the choice, most of us would turn over and sleep a little longer instead of getting up to face the day.
But whether it’s the responsibility you feel (or a nudge from a dog that needs walking like Ellie), we do get up, we persist… and we go about our days.
When it comes to making healthy choices and working towards a goal, we often have far more say in the matter. We can decide to stick with a plan or skip it.
That moment of truth where you may or may not make a wise choice for dinner, or go for that walk, or get to bed at a decent hour… we’re faced with a dilemma.
What do we really want vs. what we think we want, in the moment?
One secret to achieving any goal, health or otherwise, is doing what we need to do even when we don’t feel like it.
It’s easy to do something when your motivations all line up perfectly. Ever seen a gym in January? Everyone has resolutions and a “plan.”
But by February, most people are back to not feeling like it any more. You just quit.
Success happens when we stick with something through the highs and lows.
If you find yourself at a mini-crossroads, and you’re teetering on veering off course, ask yourself a question.
“What’s the smallest thing I can do right now in the right direction?”
Make a deal with yourself. If you take the small action and still feel like skipping, maybe you do deserve a break. But often enough, one small action leads to sticking with your plan, regardless of what it is.
Don’t feel like exercising? Lace up your shoes and commit to just a 5-minute walk around the block.
Got off track with your healthy eating plan? Focus on the next meal, and what fruits & veggies you’re going to include.
Have an urge to snack but can’t tell if you’re really hungry, or just bored or emotional? Have a glass of cold water.
These are little actions. Anyone can do them and they require very little effort. But they might be the kind of “course correction” you need to stick with your long-term health goals.
When you do something good for yourself, even something very small, it can make you feel good about yourself. And that’s a feeling you’ll want to repeat.
And a good way to find your commitment again.
Something to think about before you start a new week.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance