However, I want to encourage you to do something different this year. I want to encourage you to do what I did, stop waiting for ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ and start doing it today. As we head into the busy season of holiday parties and family get togethers I encourage to make one change. That’s right, just one.
This change can be anything to do with one of your big goals you’ve been wanting to do for a long time, but it has to be small. What do I mean by this? Well, it means that whatever change you choose to make it has to take as minimal effort as possible to do so you literally have no excuse but to do it pretty much everyday.
Now, you may be asking yourself, ok I get it small steps, what difference does that make? Well, it makes a big difference actually. I’ll use the exercise example again. Have you or at least ‘have a friend’ who has decided that they’re going to be more active this year, so they go and sign up for a gym membership at the beginning of January. They’re super pumped and excited, and decide to go the gym every day before work the following week. Keep in mind they’ve been exercising minimally up to this point. Where do you think this person is by day 3, at best day 4, of these intensive work outs? They’re probably at home nursing an injury or so stiff and sore they can barely walk, let alone work out. By the time they feel good enough to go back to the gym it’s been at least a week or more and that burning desire is dwindling down. They might mount a second or a third attempt, but generally speaking within about 3 months or less of starting that gym membership they are no longer going at all. Tell me, does this sound familiar?
At first he feels a little winded, and this makes him realize, ‘man I really do need to get into shape’, so it encourages him to continue taking the stairs. This isn’t enough pain or discomfort to stop him all together, especially if Bob noticed he couldn’t handle the stairs, but it’s enough to get him wanting to do more. After a few days to a week it’s getting easier to walk up and down the stairs and Andy doesn’t even really notice feeling winded. Another week or two and he’s not even thinking about the elevator, he automatically goes for the stairs.
Please take my advice and don’t wait until January 1st to take that first step. Take it now, you’ll feel so much better if you do! Well, what did I end up not waiting until January to do you might still be asking. I too am still trying to reach my own personal best goals and I decided to make sure I can always have a good balanced breakfast in the morning. The small change I've made is to get things ready the night before if I am worried about having enough time in the morning to make it. If you want to know more about the why behind my change, take a look at my recent video about the importance of breakfast. For now though, go and pick your one small change, start doing it right now and let me know how you feel. You don’t have to wait for January 1st to start making your health better.
Not sure where to start or how to go about achieving your goals? Talk to me about it. There’s only a few weeks left to use up your health benefits, why not use them to finish your year well and start the New Year ahead of the game as far as your health is concerned.
Note: Talk to your Naturopathic Doctor today about getting assessed and treated if needed, and as always talk to your health care provider before beginning any new medication or supplement. This information is not meant to replace the advice/guidance of a medical professional, nor should it be acted upon by individuals unsupervised by the appropriate healthcare provider.
I am a Naturopathic Doctor and Doula providing care in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. I have a passion for helping people with their health issues and improving the birth experience for Moms, and their babies. I also have a life long love affair with soccer, curling, and the alto saxophone.