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We don't have the same 24 hours in a day
Empathizing with the schedules and perceptions of others
It’s gotta suck when someone tells you that we all have the same 24 hours in a day; meanwhile when you’re struggling to keep up with your health routine - hell, any routine for that matter.
This is another one of the many well-intended reminders which is usually met with some resistance. Often is the case because it’s not really all that helpful.
It can come across as a judgement at worst or an unwelcome quip at best.
So let’s set the record straight.
We don't all have the same 24 hours in a day
Key word: Same
Yes, there are 24 hours in a day.
I get 24. You get 24. No argument there.
But the makeup of those hours...
for the single parent
for the solopreneur
for the person working through mental health obstacles
for the busy executive
for the student athlete
They will be experienced differently.
This is crucial to understand. Context is absolutely everything.
How we perceive and interpret the world matters immensely.
Please, stop telling people that getting their health habits in order is simply a matter of figuring out time.
We need to help people navigate their reality better.
This means that how we approach creating a goal and program will probably need to look different. That’s good.
As a coach, I want to better understand your schedule to help you make the best possible choices within your means and within the context of your life.
I don't want to impart on you the "perfect" meal plan and exercise program I think is the best.
The best plan is whatever you can stick to - not the one imagined in my head, that fits the schedule I think is best for you.
If you’re in need of some support for your health habits, please don’t hesitate to reach out.