What, trying is lying? I realized long ago that when we humans say we will "try" to do something, we are actually lying. We most likely will not do whatever we said we would "try" to do. Just think about it. You are having a party, gathering, business event, whatever, and some people tell you they will try to make it. Do they actually come? NO! If they were willing to commit to coming, they would have said yes. We say we will try & do something when we really aren't committed to doing said activity. It feels better than simply saying "no" which would be better all around. Mom was right, honesty is always the best policy.
By now we are several weeks into the new year. How are your 2020 resolutions going? Did you set resolutions this year or simply say something like, "I'm going to try and lose weight this year."? Did you draw a line in the sand and make a commitment to do something that will benefit you, like lose a few pounds, give up sugar, etc.? Do you find it challenging to stick with your resolutions? If you do, it could be that the goal isn't attainable, as in you didn't put it in your calendar. If the action steps to your goal are not scheduled in your calendar, they won't happen. You must schedule what is a priority.
I realized how important scheduling what is important was when I kept making a new year's resolution to exercise consistently only to fail year after year. The problem wasn't that I lacked motivation. The problem was that I didn't schedule exercise in my calendar. I would start each day & have exercise on my to-do list. Most days I would finish the day without checking off exercise because I let everything else in my life take precedent & exercise never fit in with all the other stuff on my calendar. I was leaving my goal to "chance". I then realized the only way I was going to be consistent with exercise was to do it immediately when I got up each morning. I put it on my schedule first thing every morning and made it non-negotiable. Consequently I trained my dogs to expect a walk every morning, no matter the weather, so they hold me accountable.
Guess what happened? In the past 5 years since I started this habit, I have had very few days where I didn't exercise. It can be 25 degrees outside when I get up but that doesn't stop me. I just bundle up, grab the dogs, and head out the door for my 2 mile walk. My hubby is now on board with this habit as well so it makes it even more fun having a buddy with me. Exercise starts my day right and gives me a sense of accomplishment all day knowing I made what was important a priority. I no longer have it hanging over me throughout the whole day. What a great feeling that is.
As the cartoon depicts, exercise is a key component to health. I hope you are scheduling it into your days. Remember, the best exercise is the one you will do!
Schedule what is important to you in your day. Make your goals SMART - specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. You make them attainable by putting them in your calendar and making them non-negotiable.
Draw the line in the sand. Make this year your best & healthiest yet! You are worth it! If you need help with your goals, check out our FLOURISH course. We would love to help you make this year your best year yet!!
Deb Harrell, ND
Deb teaches you how to use food as medicine to prevent & reverse disease! She is a Naturopathic Doctor &
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