Week 13: Educating ourselves is the first step to any improvement endeavor. Whether we want to grow in our jobs, expand our career, strive for a happier marriage, become better parents, or treat our bodies healthier than we have in the past. This is why I read so much, and in particular, study the Bible like I do. Learning through reading has served me well, and helped me overcome much adversity, while taking me to greater heights of success.
However, like many people, I have one thorn in my flesh. Treating my body well. For the sake of transparancy, I’m going to lay out some detail.
I boomerang back and forth. Sometimes I choose nutritionally healthy foods, and sometimes I grab a bag of chips and the French Onion dip. I go through bouts of eating appropriate amounts, and periods of deluding myself that filling my plate with the occasional super-sized portion won’t make that much of a difference. There are seasons I get off my duff to boost my metabolism and energy through exercise, and times when I allow myself to wallow in laziness, listening to the lie I tell myself, “I’m too tired to walk.” When in fact, walking would wake me up and make me feel alert and alive.
I’ve done enough boomeranging by now, to recognize the dangers of the second swing. If I’m not careful, one day off turns into weeks of lethargy. I can’t afford that. It isn’t good for me.
One thing I’ve learned is the power of my own thoughts. No one ever won a race by thinking to themselves, I’ll start tomorrow. And if I think I’m going to wait for that magic trainer to show up on my doorstep, my entire life will pass me by before he or she gets here. So what can I do when my thoughts attempt to convince me to simply give up?
I refuse to listen to the lies, and I do what I know works. For me, there a a handful of quick simple steps I take to reset my brain for success, instead of allowing it to pull me into a pit of failure.
- Resolve. One thing I know about me, is changing a single decision in my head turns everything around. Refusing to give in to my whiny voice, I start speaking differently. I determine what I want first, and then my actions follow.
- Educate. Reading articles on WebMD, or the Mayo Clinic sites. Googling the latest science on nutrition. Researching fun ways to exercise. Following blogs of inspiring people. Studying the Bible for ancient truth and wisdom. These are the ways I educate myself to succeed in whatever it is I want to accomplish.
- Track. I can fight what works, or I can roll with it. In this case, I choose the latter. When I stop tracking, I start gaining. I’ve shared before that I use the Weight Watchers app on my phone, but there are plenty of free ones as well. Here’s a free software list I found online of what are hopefully still free ways to track your food and drink intake.
It isn’t easy to tackle an improvement goal. But the rewards are worth the effort. To date, I’ve lost sixteen pounds. Doggedly, I’m making small strides, and holding onto my determination not to give up. Even though I often want to. Success in anything starts with mindset, and filling my mind with the right things keeps the boomerang still.
How do you set yourself up to succeed instead of fail?
Anita Fresh Faith
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business and Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Expert, Certified Training Facilitator, Communications Specialist, and national speaker. Anita is also the author of, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market. Now available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, Lifeway, Christianbook.com, plus many fine stores, Christian and otherwise.
She’s a partner in The Zenith Zone, a business coaching firm. Member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, Toastmasters, a client of WordServe Literary Group, and the Simply Sue Speaks booking agency. A graduate of CLASSeminars for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries.
Anita’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith.
Anita likes to lounge by a river or lake in Missouri, laughing with with her husband of thirty years, Ricky.