A lot of our time is spent dreaming of all the things we wish we could change, or that could be different in our lives.
We set high ambitions and this makes us feel good temporarily because it reinforces that we are capable.
We have goals (everyone talks about having goals after all) and that means we are a bit closer to achieving them.
But what’s better than dreaming?
And so here is my thought:
Few things done is better than many things imagined
You’re going to get closer to your goals when you get crystal clear on what it is that you want, and start taking action on getting there.
Doing is better than dreaming, because that’s where the magic happens.
Here’s where you can start:
When’s the last time you scheduled in your workouts, a relaxing bedtime routine, an afternoon walk, a trip to the grocery store, or a day to do your meal prep on?
It may be that you do one of these things consistently, but for most of us we simply do them haphazardly and on a whim.
When it comes to becoming healthier you need to make time. Don’t wait for it, because it will never be the “perfect” time. All you can do is control what you can control and create a plan for how to best respond.
For someone just getting started, that might be making time to get a 10 minute lunch-time walk in.
For someone who’s been exercising and eating well for the past twenty years, that might be making time to learn a new recipe, train for a half marathon, or to focus on an area they know needs improvement.
Making time isn’t just for the beginner. The pro also knows that it’s ultimately up to them to make that time for what matters most to them.
Setting your intention will make a world of difference on your journey. When you do things with your full intention, you tend to make better choices.
Let’s take snacking as an example. You might ask yourself the following:
Why am I about to choose this snack?
How am I feeling physically, mentally, and emotionally?
Is this a choice I am actively making or am I about to do it because I’m bored, trying to distract myself, or not deal with some emotions directly?
Are the people around me snacking and that’s why I wish to eat?
Your answers might just guide you to making a different choice.
And look, snacking isn’t “bad.” If it’s done with great intention, free from guilt and shame, and in respect to your other lifestyle habits in totality (you eat well whole, minimally processed foods 80% of the time, exercise regularly, sleep well, etc), they can easily fit into a your diet and you can still be healthy.
Finally, to do so in a way free of judgement allows you to grow and improve much more consistently.
If you’re always beating yourself up, it’s hard to make change happen. You start to focus on all the stuff you need to fix and it can quickly overwhelm you.
Do one thing, and do it well
Change doesn’t need to be an audacious leap. It can be a focused, small step.
For most people, this is actually where change happens. Confidence grows when you see your small wins add up - not when you continuously yo-yo from one extreme to the next.
Dial in one thing that you can practice regularly that will actually move you closer to your goals. Forget everything else.
If you’re looking to burn a few pounds of fat and you don’t move enough, could you add in a 15 minute walk each day?
If you’re trying pack on some muscle, could you start eating more protein at breakfast?
If you’re trying to become more flexible and mobile, could you foam roll and stretch while you watch Netflix?
If you’re trying to improve you sleep, could you start going to bed at the same time every night, with a relaxing sleep ritual before hand?
If you’re not sure where to start, could you reach out to support from a coach or someone who you saw make changes in a sustainable way?
Stop dreaming about everything you wish to change and start doing one healthy thing that will actually move you closer to your goals today.
How are you going to take action today?
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