Updated: Mar 18
THE BIGGEST DELAY IS BETWEEN KNOWING AND DOING
Knowing by doing eliminates delay.
It's helpful but not essential to know anything before you start. Most things are able to be learned by doing. Knowing by doing eliminates delay, it also eliminates us from using our favorite protection mechanism, procrastination.
The problem is that we haven't decided to commit that our health is our responsibility. No one said responsibility is fun. You mostly take responsibility in your life because you've learned that being proactive is a lots less stress, variables, and problems than being reactive.
WHY YOU AREN'T TAKING ACTION
Thoughts create the feelings that decide actions.
We attempt change at the deciding action stage, this leaves us easily sabotaged by our same thoughts and feelings. When we understand that thoughts result in feelings which determine the actions we choose we see why this is a plan to fail.
This is why we can plan to eat better and when faced with the choice we choose the less healthy option. We decide based on our feeling in that moment. Our feeling is decided by our thoughts.
HOW TO START TAKING ACTION AND GETTING RESULTS
Awareness is always the first step. Now that we are aware that thoughts --> feelings--> actions, we can get curious and interested (aka not judgmental) about our feelings and our thoughts. Yes, you can just think thoughts on purpose. The results won't be as consistent with the old thoughts still in play. Cleaning up our old thoughts and changing them is the key to lasting results.
Let's say you made a resolution to buy a salad every day for lunch. Your meeting runs late, so you grab 2 slices of pizza. What happened here? You probably felt indifference which made it easy to do the same thing you'd usually do. Your thought is what's the difference. Right here is where we get to correct the exact thought and change it to what I eat every day for lunch makes a difference in how I feel all day, how well I focus, the energy I have for the rest of my workday and family, and it adds up throughout the week to result in a change in my weight.
You don't have to think that long counter argument. You only have to until you believe it and the thought is changed. Old thought it doesn't matter, new thought it does matter. Can you see how much easier it is to course correct your thoughts, instead of trying to muscle through at decision time battling circumstances out of our control and our old unexamined thoughts?
This is why people suddenly be able to consistently exercise because they've signed up for a race, have an even coming up, are getting married. It's why people that get a health diagnosis can instantly quit drinking, smoking, and change their lifestyle. Our thoughts changed. Our feelings changed. Our actions changed.
THE OTHER REASON YOU'RE NOT DOING
You imagine going from nothing to max effort. This perfectionism has you convinced you need to be all or nothing. And right now you have a lot on your plate so you can't commit to all. What if I told you no one can?
When the stairs are an option, I will take them is not the same as I need to sprint up the stairs when I see them. The best way to go from inaction to action is to set the bar low.
We put things off by thinking this elusive desire for change will just make us one of those healthy people with energy to go to the gym at 5AM and cook all our food. That's not what needs to happen, hell it sounds terrible to me too. We need to start where we are and make a slight improvement. Make half your plate vegetables at dinner, drink water instead of soda, switch your latte for an american with a splash of cream.
What needs to happen is knowing our daily actions add up to a picture of health. We influence that positively or negatively by our thoughts. When we deny that what we do matters we give up our power and control over our health.