Have you ever made a grand, sweeping statement about your health? If you have chronic challenges such as fibromyalgia and diabetes, etc. you’ve probably said, “from now on, I’m not going to eat sugar!” Or, “from now on I’m going to work out seven days a week!” I’d wager you have. I have, too. But how do you bridge the gap between the nebulous phrase, “from now on,” to making it a reality? In other words … making it a daily decision?
To get there, let me back up.
Here’s where things usually begin with those who are looking to make changes. I’m asked by clients and workshop attendees, over and over, for the ONE key to health transformation. They’re looking for the one, grand, sweeping action that will gain them the most traction.
I get it. I mean, I totally get it.
When I hear that question, I know what they’re looking for. Here’s what everyone wants to hear.
- The one secret food to eliminate
- The one secret food to add
- The one secret exercise that reduces pain
- The one secret way to get rid of irritating people
(You’d think I’m kidding on that last one, but nope.)
The thing is, there IS a “One Thing” but it’s not a secret. And, it’s not anything you could eat, move, or even divorce.
The one thing that ensures success?
Making daily small micro decisions every single day … ones that support your health goals.
This is where you gain the most traction:
lead to macro results
You may not think it’s important, but that “one little” decision to take the stairs at work, or to replace soda with water can really add up. Maybe you take the stairs and sip water one day per week? Maybe you discover it was not as hard as you thought, and you go for two days a week? Selecting herbal tea over an empty-nutrient, empty calorie drink is a great success. Yay, YOU! Selecting your walking shoes even when you feel like skipping it, is a great success. Celebrate! Selecting a meditative activity (tai chi, walking, yoga, intentional relaxation) over mindless TV is a great success. Hip hip hooray!
Over time, it’s your small successes that build into big results.
And, by the way, that’s the stuff that motivation is made of. Motivation comes from seeing, tracking, and acknowledging results. Some results aren’t as obvious, but they’re still there.
The bottom line is that with every daily decision, you get to decide what you want.
I have a measuring guideline that I use to make decisions and it’s pretty darned simple. But, as I’ve just shared – don’t underestimate simple. Simple can mean powerful.
I’ve been sharing this guideline since 2008. I’ve shared it at workshops, lectures, and with clients. It’s just a quote. For your convenience, I’ve created a free, printable PDF Daily Decisions Poster (Daily Decisions Poster-RW) that you can download and use for your own benefit. This guideline consists of just one sentence.
Here’s what you need to know. For every decision you make (and we make about 35,000/day) you get to make a choice. When it comes to your choice …
Does it reflect what you want right NOW,
or does it represent what you want MOST in life?
There’s no right or wrong.
Each decision counts.
Please share your experiences and comments below. Do you have a hard time building and sustaining motivation? Do you wish there was a way to make grand change and completely transform your health? You’re not alone – please share!