One Step Ahead of Yesterday
We’re almost halfway through January, and by now, you may have gone from feeling inspired by all of the New Year’s Resolution posts to feeling frustrated that you’ll “never” get to where you want to be or that you’ll “never” compare to all of those “inspirational” examples that you’ve been seeing in magazines lately. Do you tend to lose steam when you realize that you’ve been working towards something and are just not there yet? If so, today’s Motivation Monday reminder is just for you.
You see, any change worth making is going to be challenging to achieve. If it weren’t challenging, you would have completed it long ago, right? If you could lose the 20 pounds you’ve been wanting to lose overnight, you probably wouldn’t have experienced the frustration of yo-yo dieting for so many years. If you could train for a marathon overnight, a whole lot more than 0.155% of the US population would have finished one last year. If you could eliminate sugar, eat more vegetables, or create the habit of drinking more water just by deciding overnight … well, you get the point. (picture source)
Maybe the issue is that we’re setting our sights too high, and want to achieve our goals too immediately. We live in a world where instant gratification is increasingly demanded, and we often forget to celebrate our interim achievements. I’ve posted before about the fact that small changes add up, and I’m sure there will be several more posts in the future, because it’s one of those habits that’s hard to break. So if you do something healthy today, whether it gets you to your ultimate goal or just gets you one step closer, give yourself a pat on the back. You are one step ahead of where you were yesterday, and that is a wonderful thing. (picture source from Pinterest listed as this site, but I don’t see the graphic here…)
So tell me in the comments … What’s one healthy thing you can do today to bring yourself one step closer to your ultimate goal? How do you remind yourself to celebrate the interim accomplishments, and not beat yourself up for not reaching your goals overnight?