Fighting for your country glorifies death. When elephants fight it is the grass that suffers. It makes you fight with your neighbor. It makes you shoot at your landlord and it makes you miss him.
Cancel 0 I recently Instagrammed a Pinterest quote. But this one stuck with me: Life is too short to spend another day at war with yourself.
I realized I spend every day fighting battles with myself. What I should do, and what I want to do are in constant contest. If I choose the path of least resistance, I beat myself up. The battle rages on.
A litany of similarly-themed books have been published recently, all touting strategies for forming and sustaining healthy new habits.
These books are very popular because the struggle between immediate gratification and future payoff is pretty universal.
Below are some strategies most of them seem to suggest. Hey, if they worked for those success stories who evolved from unhealthy, jobless and companion-less to happily married, marathon running, career women, surely they can work for me.
Relive how accomplished you felt after pushing yourself through a difficult workout. And conversely, how disappointed and lethargic you felt after choosing to lounge all day. This will help you choose what you want most improvement over what you want now indulgence.
Reward Yourself According to The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, consistently rewarding yourself is what habit formation is all about.
A reward might be something definite, like a break after a period of focused work, or something more intangible, like the happy feeling produced by endorphins after you work out.
Start Small This idea seems obvious, but is surprisingly difficult in practice. The inclination is to start big, to do as much as possible in the beginning when your motivation is at its peak. Inevitably, I fall off the wagon and eat an entire bowl of queso.
So to develop a sustainable new habit, start small. For healthier eating habits, I should probably just try incorporating a few more fruits and veggies into my diet daily, then move to restricting the bad.
Make It Easy Making good, healthy choices is hard. You get the idea. The war between what is best and what is easiest will probably never be won, but hopefully we can all learn to fight a bit smarter.