First there is nothing. Then, there is an idea, followed by a small action and then, the momentum begins. Human flight was once an idea and now, I am sitting in this chair, flying through the sky.
It doesn't take long for the disappointment of the New Year to set in, but it doesn't have to be this way.
I wager that we all have something we want to change about ourselves. If we change ourselves, we will change how others respond to us. In turn, a cascade of amazing change begins...it starts from stop.
Be honest about the three things you'd like to change about yourself. Which one is the least healthy? Then, study yourself. What are the thoughts that lead you to make excuses/reason for not making progress toward your goal?
Does it start at the market? Do you pick up the bag of cookies mindlessly just because they are the ones you buy? The ones you've been trained and have trained yourself to buy? Go ahead, buy them. When you get home, dump half of them out. Store the rest and eat one at a time. Take small bites to give your brain a chance to "taste it". Less guilt, more progress. You'll feel less deprived and angry. Or, if you pass by the bag of cookies, then buy a small candy bar at the check out. Teeny tiny steps. You know that fat and sugar is addictive, especially if you are under stress. Start your own rehab program. You can train your brain not to crave them. Master the cookies, move onto the next goal which might be more movement instead of less food.
Goals are not achieved, in part, because they are too ambitiious and set you up for failure, disappointment and hopelessness.
The first step in problem solving is paying attention and identifying the problem. The answers are less important than the questions. Ask yourself the painful questions.
Now that you know, take the first step toward a healthier life. Emotionally healthier, socially healthier, physically healthier and spiritually healthier. You'll be more satisfied. We're not looking for happiness here. That's not the goal. Satisfaction is the goal.
Ready, set, start...