It's time to stop short term thinking.
The modern American life is built around short term thinking. The latest tweet, or sound byte on the news. The new "it" actor or actress. The new cars coming off the assembly line. What's coming to Netflix this month? And the next day we forget about all that and are looking for the latest "new".
What good is that doing?
I would submit none at all. This way of thinking, of living really, keeps us in this frenzied spin-cycle of trying to keep up and never quite being satisfied with all the blessing we already enjoy.
As I write this we are coming to the end of "Transform in 4", a focused period of building healthy nutrition habits centered around some really tasty food. And the inevitable question is...
How about this? Evaluate what you did over the last 4 weeks. What you did well with eating and exercise, and what you struggled with. On the things you did well, why? Was it because you planned and prepped? Was it because you liked the food? Was it because you maintained focus in a structured setting? And the things you didn't do well? Why not? It's not a judgement on your character, discipline or self-worth. It's just an "is". We evaluate, get help where we need it, and keep working at it.
But DON'T think because the 4-week challenge is over that "It's" over.
Because it's never over.
I love, love, love this quote from James Clear:
"How long does it take to build a habit?
21 days? 30 days? 66 days?
The honest answer is: forever. Because once you stop doing it, it is no longer a habit.
A habit is a lifestyle to be lived, not a finish line to be crossed. Make small, sustainable changes you can stick with."
Did you catch that? "A lifestyle to be lived, not a finish line to be crossed".
It's not that you HAVE to keep working on your health and fitness for the rest of your life.
It's that you GET to.
Because I hate to break it to you. - You'll never get it perfect, all the time. But by sticking with it you'll find new ways to make it work better for the life you are living right now.
So what's the small, sustainable change you can stick with right now?
Do THAT, and don't worry about the rest of it. Because once you do enough of those little "that's", real change starts to happen.
But it doesn't just happen by itself. It's up to you.
To Make It Happen!
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