I often see people who think they want to make lifestyle changes just spin their wheels and make excuses. And you know what is often part of the problem? An obsession with “perfect”.
During my health talks, I often will paint a picture of optimum health – what people can do to be as healthy as possible. The problem is that some people see it as an unattainable goal – whether they don’t have the time, don’t have the money, whatever.
So today’s words of wisdom go as so: don’t let the fear of being unable to be perfect paralise you into doing nothing.
It’s the overall sum of the baby steps that you take in the right direction that will get you to your goal, not an unrealistic 100% adherence to an unrealistic perfect plan.
Can’t afford organic produce? No problem! Replace that mac-n-cheese habit with a non-organic salad habit and you’ll be doing yourself a lot of good.
Can’t commit to working out every day? No problem! Get your butt off the couch three days this week and that’s at least three times more benefit than doing nothing and feeling sorry for yourself.
Did you have an accidental moment of weakness in the ice cream isle of the grocery store? No worries! Make tomorrow a fasting day, or at least do a little exercise and be a little more diligent with your diet for the next day or two.
I’m going to say it again: don’t let the fear of being unable to be perfect paralise you into doing nothing.
Now go, do something good for yourself. Go for a brisk walk, a massage, or a large glass of water. Pat yourself on the back, and just keep moving forward toward your goal.
What do you think? Would you agree that reaching your health and fitness goals can be done in baby steps, or do you struggle with an all-or-nothing attitude? Do you let perfection get in the way of making good choices? Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts. Thanks!