Few things worth acquiring will ‘happen overnight’ – reducing back pain, gaining physical strength, and/or losing weight certainly won’t. We have all told ourselves at some point that today isn’t a good day to start, tomorrow will be better. Rarely though do we hold ourselves to such a promise.
Why do we insist that today is a bad time to start? Too busy? Too tired? Bad weather? How about because we complicate the idea of what ‘starting’ means. For example, to lose weight your first step need not be to ‘start a diet’ – in fact, without understanding your 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, big or small, 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 unfamiliar or chore-like aren’t routines you are likely to maintain, and the truth is that habits are key to success.
On the road to optimal health, don’t punish yourself with negative-talk when you don’t succeed right away. Be positive, recognize the fact that you are trying to achieve an important goal and reassess your progress the following week. 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!