Perfect the Enemy of Good
We focus so much of our time on all of the things we would like to change about ourselves. As we start to go down that trail, we become quickly overwhelmed and give up on our path towards healthy lifestyle choices. In other words, striving to become perfect is not allowing us to become good.
Research has shown as little as 5% loss in body mass can improve your blood chemistry, such as glucose and cholesterol levels. Yet, most of us, do not feel like we have accomplished anything unless we hit our perceived ideal weight.
To reach our goals, we need to change this thought pattern! Do not try to be “perfect” when “good” steps towards your future is all that is required. Try breaking down your larger goals into the smaller, more achievable steps that will allow you to be successful.
A challenge: This week, identify one thing you would like to do towards a healthier you. Do not set something unrealistic (or unappetizing) like I am going to eat salad every day this week. Focus on something that is a small step towards “good.” If you eat out for lunch every workday, pack your lunch one day this week. If you immediately sit on the couch and turn on the TV when you arrive home from work, take a 20m walk around the neighborhood.
These small steps when repeated will become healthy habits and will give you the self-assurance needed to adopt additional healthy habits over time. Before you know it, you will be well on your way to a healthier you!