Not nearly bad enough.
No-one ever has time. We wear the busy badge of honour. Well, did you have to sit in traffic today? Did you have to wait at the doctor’s office somewhere in the not so distant past? Were you waiting at the bus stop or train station today?
There are really no more excuses? You just have to ask yourself these questions.
- Am I lazy?
- Am I trying hard enough?
- Have I sought advice when I feel stuck?
Now ask yourself these questions.
- Did I have 10 minutes to listen to an inspiring podcast, but instead scrolled through Facebook?
- Did I have the choice of packing my own lunch this morning, but instead decided to eat the greasy food at the cafeteria?
- Did I have a choice to set my alarm at 05h00, but when it went off I decided to hit the snooze button for another 10 minutes.
- Did I have a choice to hit the gym after work, but decided that I will go tomorrow and just slouched on the couch all evening.
- Did I have a choice to join my friends for drinks after work, or go home and work on my side project?
The reality is, you always have a choice. The fact that we ignore the fact that we have a choice does not make it go away.
The fact that we decide to close our eyes to how much we’re eating, how much we’re spending, who we spend our time with, what we do with our free time DO NOT make those choices go away.
In fact, in a very unobtrusive way, it remains. By not acknowledging it, it sits there and just grows in strength and form until one day we wake up and feel like we’re suffocating. Your whole world is falling apart and you wonder how you got there. Little by little.
Your mind doesn’t question you when you make those choices. You don’t give it a chance. It silently acknowledges that you have yet again bailed out on your new year’s resolutions. You said you were gonna stop drinking and you said you were gonna start exercising.
The first quarter of 2018 is gone. What have you achieved? Are you part of the 90% who fails? Those are overwhelming odds, to be in the 10% who actually succeed in keeping their new year’s resolutions.
One question remains. How badly do you want it? Is this the year of real change for you? You can try and fool everyone else. But you can’t fool yourself. Your heart knows. It knows how much you’ve put in. It knows if you have really tried. Talk is cheap.
Stop lying to yourself. I don’t want to be at this same spot next year. You don’t want to either. Make a conscious decision to start taking action and put one foot in front of the other towards a better life. One that you can be proud of.
One where people look up to you and say: wow, I really admire you. You have shown such courage and commitment in striving to become a better, more successful, healthier you. Be the one who stands out like a sore thumb, in a good way.
People all around us need encouragement. They need to see that it is possible to change your life around. They need to see just one person they know do it.
Is that you?