Recently, a client entertained a simple, yet very poignant reflection. She noted that she had no problem focusing and disciplining herself for her job, but when it came to discipline for her eating and exercise habits, she couldn’t stay on track. (I hope she’s reading.)
Well, what would happen if you were NOT focused and disciplined with your job?
You’d likely lose it.
And losing job means losing your income.
And losing your income means forget healthy eating, there would be no eating at all!
There’s a real and direct threat to our livelihood if that scenario goes down.
But so what if I have fries for lunch?
The world won’t end. My lights will still be on.
Therein lies the rub.
The lack of a foreseeable threat makes falling off the wagon more like a conscious jump.
The world will tell you that you should want to eat right and workout.
And so we exist under a cloud of anxiety about what we SHOULD do versus what we really want to do.
This precept not only applies to our health, but also to many other aspects of our lives – marriage, relationships, parenting, career choices –
We experience so many ‘shoulds’ from the outside world that we have forgotten how to listen to our own internal voice.
The one that may be saying I have too much on my plate right now to stress myself about eating exactly the right thing all the time. I’m conscious and I’m doing my best, but I don’t need to shoot for perfection.
Or the one that may be saying now is the time.
Where are you?
The trick is to first locate yourself and then decide what you want.
Job focus is easier because you know what you want and why you want it.
Many other things lack the clarity necessary to establish a commitment.
The more you listen to your internal guidance instead of to what everyone else thinks you should be doing, the less stress you’ll feel and the happier you’ll be on your path to your fit and fabulous self.