By Anne Laing
While running along the beach this morning I listened to a business interview on my iPod. I couldn’t help thinking about the parallels with this and the weight-loss journey many of our clients are on right now.
The gist was, there is never going to be a perfect time in your life to get your health into shape. There will always be injuries, unexpected emergencies and time constraints to disrupt you.
The secret (so the interviewee said) was making small changes each day, and always trying to do them better – rather than give up when you think its not working.
Being better next week than you were in the last week is all that is required.
If you can achieve just 1% better eating and exercise habits each day then that’s 100% improvement in 100 days!
In business many people want to go from A to Z overnight, but there are NO short cuts in business, just as there are NO shortcuts to physique success. You have to follow the tried and true process of A+B+C+D+E+F success steps, and that’s the only way it ever happens. It is when people get to D+E+F, they start to give up because it gets tough.
I get that, and believe me it gets tough for every single person in business, exactly as it is for losing weight and getting in shape again. Self-doubt sets in, boredom, you feel disempowered because you have Aunt Mable’s genes, you are missing out at social occasions, your metabolism is rigged against you, and it seems sooooo easy for everybody else. This is all distraction and diversion, and it’s when most want to quit – yes, it happens to us all.
Some of our greatest changes happen when we surround ourselves with supportive people, and we allow them to hold us accountable.
So the secret is not just doing it, but to KEEP doing it. It’s like digging for gold. People will dig down a little way and not find anything so they dig another hole, and then when they don’t find anything they dig another hole, and another, and still find nothing. This goes on until there are holes all over the place – but the gold is there at the bottom of most every hole!
Dieters often give up too early and become too impatient to keep building on even the smallest successes.
You are not alone if you think like this; the diet industry is huge and can derail your resolve with the next new miracle fat gadget or super food around each corner.
Success comes not with stopping and starting, but in doing just one small thing each day, and taking the journey up one step at the time.
Keep talking yourself into success, rather than out of it.