Think of the last time you decided to make a complete overhaul of something you wanted to change in your life. How did that turn out for you? What about the time you were going to wake up 1 hour earlier every morning to read your Bible and pray? How long did that last? Did you make it a week? What about the time you cut out all extra activities in your life to spend more time at home with your family? How long did it take for “important” things to start creeping back in? I applaud those of you that recognize that it is time to make some changes in your life. That is the first, and possibly the most important step in the process of change. But where you go from there is key to whether or not your pursuit will end in success or failure.
In the area of health and fitness, I have found that more often people approach change with an “all-or-nothing” mentality. It’s time to start exercising, so they get an expensive gym membership and commit to 6 days a week working out. Or it’s time to start eating right, so they decide to eat a diet of 1000 calories consisting of nothing but rice cakes and water. How long do these changes last? A week? Two weeks? A month if you’re lucky. Most people set out desiring permanent changes, but approach it with the mentality of an actor or actress prepping for a temporary movie role. And the results are nearly always the same. All progress, if any was even made to begin with, is lost as soon as the individual “burns out” and is no longer able to keep up the pace.
NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF SMALL CHANGES OVER TIME!
Small adjustments that are readily achievable create habits that last. Did you know that by removing one soda a day from your diet, you could lose over 15 lbs in a year? Did you know that by cutting the average dinner portion in half you could lose nearly 30 lbs in a year? Forget the wholesale overhaul that you and I both know won’t last. Find something small in your diet that you can change. Something that doesn’t need to be there, and that you know you can live without and start there. Be patient and you will start to see real changes. Lasting changes.