Choose your hard
I was talking to my sister about this recently and it really got me thinking. Life is hard. Whatever you choose in life, it is probably going to be hard. The best things are. Anything that is worth doing, is usually going to require some sort of sacrifice.
Working a 9-5 day in day out is hard, just as choosing not to and struggling financially is hard..
The same can be applied to health.
Waking up at a should be illegal hour to get to the gym before work is hard. Turning down a piece of cake at work when you really want it is hard. But then so is being overweight. So is having to turn down a day at the beach due to fear of getting in a bikini, or literally breaking into a jog when someone gets a camera out (you get point).
You have a choice, and since both of them are hard, why wouldn’t you choose the better one?
As soon as you choose your hard, you will be in control, and your sacrifices will happen on your terms. You will actively ‘choose’ to say no to that extra piece of cake or yes to that early gym session rather than having the choice made for you when you rival Usain Bolt in your mad dash from the safety of your towel to the ocean (we’ve all been there).
Something I hear in clinic with my clients a lot is ‘I really want to (insert healthy habit here), I just don’t have time’. When I hear this I get them to think about replacing the ‘I don’t have time...’ for ‘It’s not a priority’. So for example instead of ‘I want to go to the gym but I don’t have time’ they say ‘going to the gym is not a priority for me right now’. This helps you to be honest with yourself. Hey, sometimes hitting the gym isn’t a priority and that’s completely fine.
Taking responsibility for the ‘hard’ that you have in your life, can mean you end up choosing the 'hard' of success, rather than the 'hard' of failure.