“If it was easy, everyone would do it.” Ever heard that expression before? I love that expression because it’s true in so many facets of life…whether it be your job, your workouts, your healthy lifestyle…it applies. The truth of the matter is that nothing of great value just happens by accident…it’s the result of planning, dedication, and the refusal to let failure derail your progress. A habit is defined as “a settled or regular tendency, especially one that is hard to give up.” Wouldn’t it be amazing if, with some good old fashioned hard work, a boatload of determination, and some great support(that’s us!), you could make your habits things that made you healthy, happy, and productive? Here are a few things to remember as you start(or continue) your journey in that direction…
Do this for YOU. At the end of the day, you have to know why you’re making these decisions…these sacrifices…these changes. So that others will perceive you a certain way? So that you’ll be better than someone else? No way. Because ultimately that motivation will fade. Set your intentions and goals with reasons in mind that have personal meaning to you. Feeling good in your own skin, being healthy for your family, setting a good example for others…now THOSE reasons keep you on track.
Shake the Haters off. There will always be critics. Always. People who haven’t made choices that lead to them being their best selves. People who have tried and failed and given up. People who always need something to bitch about and some reason to complain. They’ll do their best to sabotage your efforts simply to make themselves feel better. IGNORE THEM. And if you can’t, cut them out. Minimize their influence in your life. Sometimes making lifestyle changes means eliminating the negative influences in your life, as well.
Own your weaknesses. We all know where we fall short. You can sabotage your own efforts by swearing to yourself that you’ll beat it this time…or you can ELIMINATE the temptation. Trying to go gluten-free? Dairy-free? Eliminate processed foods? PURGE your pantry. Donate those boxes of crackers to a food bank. Make your shopping list. Challenge yourself to eat only foods with one ingredient. Know where YOUR pitfalls lie and map your away around and away from them!
Tell the world. Ok, maybe not the world. But your friends that you trust, your family, your support system…tell them about the changes you’re making! Let them know what you expect of yourself. Write down your goals and keep them somewhere that you can see them everyday. And SHARE your success!! Nothing fuels the fire more than encouragement and accountability!
The title of today’s post is from one of my favorite quotes from Dave Ramsey and refers to how we have to live somewhat counterculturally sometimes in order to succeed…he says, “Live like no one else, so that one day, you can live like no one else!” What he means is, sometimes we’ve got to buck the norm and make decisions that aren’t necessarily easy or widely accepted in order to set up a great future for ourselves! Make the decision to take charge of your life, your health, your well-being. You won’t regret it. And in fact, you’ll probably meet some pretty cool people on the road there.
Namaste. Or whatever. 😉