And this is not a new thing for me. Or you, I'd wager. And, of course, I know the problem. Its that all or nothing, black and white way of looking at the world that is bringing me undone. I gave myself permission, to eat everything and do nothing over Christmas and New Year. And now, as I contemplate (more than almost four weeks late), the next phase I need to go into (eating lettuce and running daily marathons) I regard my curves whilst swallowing the last of those M&M's and think to myself, "Ugh. One more day. I'll start tomorrow." I can't bear the thought of all the work I have to do to get from where I am now to being size 8-10 again. And so, its easier to put it off until tomorrow, or next week so you can start on a Monday.
But, before I know it, it will be the end of the year again and if I'm not careful, I will have gained nothing all year but more weight. And so, instead of putting major pressure on myself to change EVERYTHING all at once, I remind myself of the saying, "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got". Therefore, rather than face each day burdened with the weight of all I must do to improve myself, and thinking of the huge distance between where I was at the end of last year and where I want to be at the end of this year, I think instead of where I'm heading this moment.
I am a ship, sailing across the ocean on a year long journey. I need not turn 360 degrees now, in order to change my destination, but merely change my course by one degree. This small change will not be noticeable now, but over the course of my journey and the time it will take to complete it (the end of the year) this change will have me landing in a place vast distances from where I was heading before today.
And so, I ask myself, and I invite you to do the same, "What am I going to do differently today?" Looking back over last year, where I ended up and all the little choices along the way that led me there, I realise that it all comes down to on day. Today. So, if what I do differently today, is to exercise for 10 minutes (instead of nothing), or eat one healthy meal (instead of M&Ms), I've changed my course by one degree, without the de-motivating pressure of contemplating the distance I've yet to travel.
If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got.
So, what are you going to do differently today?