I love John Maxwell’s wisdom when he says, “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” Our daily routine is so regular we don’t have to even think about it. Yet that routine is powerful!
We can change our daily routine quickly or slowly or never. Remember the first time you touched a hot stove? Changing that activity was instant! Some of our other routines are such a part of us we aren’t even aware of them nor do we quickly change them.
For example, we all know we ‘should’ eat more vegetables (especially the green ones). We all know that we ‘should’ exercise. Yet our ‘routine’ is too busy to make those adjustments.
Interesting, ‘should’ is defined as an obligation which is a form of debt. Shoulds don’t motivate us they just cause us to feel guilty for not doing something. They actually drain us of energy – – so skip the shoulds!
On the other hand, when we understand ‘why’ we want to create something, we have all the energy in the world. When we want to go see a friend, we figure out how to make it happen. When we want to go to a party, we find a way. What we want we create. How can we apply this process to our health?
I remember being in the clinic and watching ‘older’ women struggle to walk, hunched over and triceps swinging in the breeze (not much breeze still a lot of swing!). I looked at myself and knew I was headed in that direction! I had already shrunk an inch, did the triceps swing daily and didn’t have much balance. I could see my future in each one of those older women.
I made a decision to change that picture. It took time, but whenever I thought about not being active, I remembered those women. They reminded me WHY I want to be healthy and fit. It is not a ‘should’ that drives me to the gym, to the produce section of the grocery store – – it is a heart-felt desire to be fit and enjoy life fully!
Today, eight years later I rarely think of those women. Today, I think about which shake I’m going to make, which classes /exercise routines sounds the best (I usually do two!) and which veggies go with my protein for dinner. I enjoy my life and I’m free to be a positive role model to others.
Which model are you – – a positive role model or a ‘negative’ role model? You are one or the other! Join me at www.lifestyleforhealth.com and let’s do this together!