“The future depends on what you do today.” -Gandhi
Few things worth acquiring will happen overnight – relieving back pain, increasing strength, and losing (or gaining) weight certainly won’t. We have all told ourselves at some point that today isn’t a good day to start – tomorrow will be the day. Rarely though do we hold ourselves to such a promise. Why is it that we insist today is a bad time to start? Too busy? Too tired? Bad weather? How about because we complicate the idea of what ‘starting’ actually means. For instance, if you want to lose weight, your first step need not be to ‘start a diet’ – in fact, without understanding your current eating habits and identifying triggers for stress-eating, you won’t have enough information to develop a diet you are likely to stick to.
For every goal, it’s important to start small! Understand your goal (break it down into a SMART goal – specific, measureable, attainable, realistic and timely) and see how you can adopt change without completely disrupting your daily routine. If your goal requires intense changes to every aspect of your life consider revising it. Introducing routines that feel like work aren’t routines you are likely to maintain, and the truth is that building habits is key to success.
On the road to optimal health, it’s important that you don’t punish yourself with negative-talk when you don’t succeed right away. Be positive and recognize the fact that you are trying to achieve an important goal. Also, reassess your progress now and then to help ensure you are on the right path. Consider this, where do you want your health and/or fitness to be in one week, one month, or one year? Don’t wait for the New Year to start your resolutions. Every action you take now defines your next moment – consequently defining tomorrow. Start today, continue tomorrow!