Where are you now? Tired, overweight, frustrated, overwhelmed, deconditioned? Where do you want to be? Focused, under control, energetic, conditioned, efficient? How do you get there? Consider a new approach, move more, eat well, recover often, love and be loved? Whatever you do, don’t look for shortcuts, learn from your mistakes and keep heading North!
North is where you want to be! Plan to walk there, it’s a long journey, so refuel along the way, you may jog at times, you’ll probably never sprint because the road doesn’t end. Make one decision at a time, consistent with where you want to be.
Along the way, you’ll see shortcuts to the East and West. They’ll sound good: lose weight quickly, take this pill and eat what you want, try “this” to avoid changing your lifestyle. Expect to head a little Northeast and a little Northwest but keep north. Avoid going South…go north! There aren’t any shortcuts, the quickest way to get there is North!
Extreme approaches are tempting because quick fixes are easier than lasting solutions. However, when we head East or West, we are choosing not to head North, where we want to be. Then, we end up running back South because it’s safe, familiar and comfortable, although we’re dissatisfied.
Avoid the extremes and keep heading North, one simple, sustainable decisions at a time. If you can’t continue making your next decision for the rest of your life (extreme diet/exercise, etc.), make a different one.