2013 December/January (Hard Copy)
Letter from the Editor As we’re coming into the new year, a lot of us will reflect on this last year to take inventory of how things went, what we did, or didn’t, accomplish and if we’re happy with how our lives are moving along. Inevitably, this results in the creation of some New Year’s Resolutions - we’re going to lose weight, be healthier, build a better body, pay more attention to our loved ones, keep the house clean ALL the time, never be late to anything, always be in a super positive mood, never stress, go to bed at 8pm (right after a warm, home-cooked meal at the table with our loved ones of course) and the list goes on and on. Unfortunately, the vast majority of those who make these resolutions will fail to continue them past the first few weeks of the bright and shiny new year. Eventually, that “new car smell” is going to fade. And, when it does, we feel like failures for bit, then settle right back into our old habits (pg. 56). But, my friends, this cycle of inflated motivation, broken resolutions, and feelings of failure doesn’t have to continue this year. Because this year, we’re going to look at things a bit different. This year we’re going to slow down and roll into the brand new year from a slightly different direction. Lucky for you, I’ve mapped out a nice, clean, 3 step path to help guide you away from those dangerous “take on the entire world” (pg. 74) resolution lists.
Waypoint #1 - Become a proficient single-tasker.
Regardless of what some people say, you can’t do it all. And, it’s ok not to. While a lot of us, myself included, like to believe we are the best at juggling numerous things at the same time, the fact is, multi-tasking accomplishes nothing, other than allowing you the opportunity to not fully enjoy multiple things at one time. To really find enjoyment in something, or be successful with it, you need to hone your ability to focus on one thing at a time.
Waypoint #2 - Eyes on your own paper.
Stop comparing yourself to others. Use them as motivation, but recognize that your idea/vision of health may be different than theirs. If it is, yet you keep trying to attain their vision, you will never be happy. Find that “sweet spot” that works for you (pg. 65) and run with it.
Waypoint #3 - Small steps are easier on the legs.
Start with the small things (turn off the TV at night and read, try one new thing every week (pg. 60), play with the kids for just 10 minutes every day), and, eventually, it will all add up. No matter how hard you try, you’re not going to go from Person A to brand-new Person Z overnight. If the challenge is to walk a mile and you say, “I’ll only go this mile if I can jump it in a single bound,” obviously you’re going to eventually give up and write it off as a failure. However, if you just start walking, no matter how small your steps, you’ll get there eventually. Remember, real, tangible change comes from being, and doing, things that make you uncomfortable (pg. 52). The good thing is that you can determine the level of discomfort that works for you so that when you arrive at your destination, you may be a little rattled, but you’re happier, healthier and more content for it.