“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~ Mark Victor Hansen
We couldn’t have said it better.
Yet it’s hard to find motivation when you’re trudging down the same old road – especially when it comes to weight loss. A well-worn dieting path is rarely as interesting, sexy or exciting as it was the first go ‘round. There are no dips or turns that you don’t see coming because the ground feels so well-tread. Anyone can drink lemon water with cayenne pepper for 10 days straight — once. Right? But doing something as punitive as that again, when you have even more weight to lose, now that takes motivation! For many of us (and especially for the weight-struggling women I speak to), trying to lose weight is more often than not an all-or-nothing proposition. Just like so much of our behavior, once we’ve made up our mind, we rush into something with all the gusto we can muster. Because if we can’t attack it 100% – why even make the effort? And if we figure out that our master plan is failing us, even a little bit, are you kidding? Back to the drawing board!
When it comes to dieting, no wonder so many of us throw in the towel. With so many failures stored in our databanks, who can trust they actually possess the ability to achieve healthy weight loss success? Especially if we keep boarding the ‘all or nothing’ diet train to nowhere.
My advice to all of you all-or-nothing types out there is just this one simple thing — give yourself a break! Life is neither good nor bad, either right or wrong, and rushing toward a thinner you like a speeding train isn’t healthy. Stop dieting and start living (yes, we said it first), because taking just a few steps in the right direction (as Mr. Hansen suggests above) will get you where you need to go. We see it happening here every day.
Happy, healthy New Year!