We think we can go cold-turkey and just completely destroy a bad habit. Or we think that we can simply implement a new routine in our life and follow it with exactness each and every single day.
Or we think that we can surely accomplish every goal we set.
Expecting perfection of ourselves can actually be really harmful. Now, we obviously want to do the best we can.
We definitely shouldn’t give up when the going gets tough. But we should not expect ourselves to be perfect.
We can all accurately assume that there are going to be days when we mess up.
There are going to be days when you don’t complete your habit.
There are going to be days when you forget to follow your routine.
There are going to be days where you don’t accomplish everything on your to-do list.
There are going to be days when you don’t work on a goal.
And that’s fine. We are, after all, imperfect.
However, here’s the problem:
Because we expect ourselves to be perfect, the moment we make a mistake we simply give up. The moment we mess up we say “Bugger, I’ve already messed up. Why keep going?”.
This is the single biggest killer of improvement. But don´t give up….Instead, you should expect that you’ll make mistakes — and have a plan for those mistakes. You need to have a back-up plan for those times when you mess up. But most importantly you need to never, ever give up.
Believe and Achieve!
Note: If at all possible, start with a habit that only takes 5-10 minutes a day to complete. You can lengthen the time later, but start with just 5-10 minutes. Also, for those of you who don’t know: S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym which stands for: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound. Continue reading “The Habit Worksheet”
Everybody is so stressed out these days!
We have these things called “obligations” and “responsibilities” full of taxes, bills, and office drama. Instead of releasing stress by kicking a ball or having fun getting fit, we release stress by kicking our feet up, watching hours of TV or running around with a character in Diablo III.
The thought of going outside or losing oneself in physical activity is a foreign concept to many folks these days. So many of us spend our days stuck on treadmills or in boring classes that can make us miserable; we assume if we’re unhappy and hating life while exercising, then it must be effective.
It’s easy to turn to happy hour to “forget about life for a while”, but ‘Playing’ having fun doing physical exercise can have similar effects while also making you healthier.
Besides its stress-reducing, social qualities, play has other quantifiable benefits. A New Zealand study showed that workers were 82% more productive following a vacation, and their sleep habits were better. Australian researchers suggested that frequent breaks for sedentary workers results in better weight control and improved triglyceride and blood glucose numbers. The New York Times recently covered a study showing that increasing physical leisure activities improves immune function faster than stress can suppress it. It seems like the more you reduce stress, the more easily everything else falls into place.
On top of that, a recent study showed that compared with exercising indoors with classes that you do not like or long runs on the treadmill that bores you tears, exercising in a natural environment or in a fun way showed greater feelings of revitalization, energy, and positive engagement — not to mention seeing decreases in tension, confusion, anger, and depression.
Although I’m a huge fan of weight training and meticulous tracking of my workouts for leveling-up purposes, I also understand the importance of stress release and the pure joy that comes from getting lost in the moment.
Here is my play time
Thank you to an amazing photographer and friend John Dobbin Photography for my recent shots…A camera is a save button for the minds eye. I never believed that two years after Laine was born I would be fitter, healthier and happier then before…Regaining my fitness was never about the weight loss. I just wanted more energy to keep up with life, my new role as a mom and to get everything I needed to get done each day. So I focused on clean eating and started exercising again and as a byproduct of that I lost the baby weight and regained my fitness and I am now in the best shape of my life. Life is all about choices. In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.