Feeling overwhelmed? We all are.
There is hope. It’s free. But it’s not easy.
You must do the five simple steps from Lane 8’s blog post two days ago, if you intend to transform yourself.
You can (repeat, CAN) become conditioned to work on two or three impossible goals simultaneously.
But not until you’ve had some success doing it one at a time.
Look, you won’t find easy answers here. You’ll find simple answers, but nothing here is going to be “easy”.
Will I ever make it to Lane 8? No, but that won’t stop me from trying. And in the process of never giving up, perhaps I’ll stay healthy for the rest of my life.
And maybe, just maybe, if the best runners in the world have their worst day, and I have the absolute best day of my life, maybe the finals in the worst lane, Lane 8, isn’t impossible after all.
And maybe reaching your impossible goal isn’t impossible either.
“Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned”. — Peter Marshall
Whatever your health goals are, nothing really matters except that you get started and never quit.
Sow your health seeds. Nourish them. Water them. Watch them grow.
If all you do is walk away from your residence for three minutes and then return, you’ve walked six minutes. That six minutes, by itself, is nothing really.
But what if you did it four or five days in one week? What if each week, you added 30 seconds each way – or one minute roundtrip? In four short weeks, you’d be walking ten minutes per day.
What if you built on this success, slowly, and continued this habit for ten more weeks (now three months total)? You’d be walking 20 minutes per day, four or five days per week.
What if you walked 20 minutes, 4-5 days per week, for a year?
What if? What if doesn’t matter if you don’t get started. “Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned”.
“Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul”. — Douglas MacArthur
It’s very difficult, some would even say impossible, to be fit and vibrantly healthy after the days of our youth.
So the big question everyone must ask themselves, “Do I think it’s impossible”?
Got bad news for everyone. Every day we don’t ask, answer and act, is another day that younger folks are looking at us and saying one of two things:
- “What a great example”.
- “I hope I don’t turn out like so-and-so”.
It’s easier to exercise and eat sensibly during:
- Youth – the full pressure of job, Family, mortgages is unknown
- Mating season – (once we’ve mated, what’s the motivation?)
- Wake up calls – motivating because of glaring consequences
The reality? In the big scheme of life, youth lasts say 20 years, then fades quickly.
Humans are born to mate, like all living creatures. Wake up calls may take a lifetime before they start arriving.
It’s all the other times in our lives that are the real challenge, the real key. Look around people.
Like I suggested a while back, “If aliens found Earth and gave us a pass/fail health grade, what would we get”?