Get what you need to succeed
It’s funny sometimes how the universe sends us messages.
As I drove through town last week, minding my own business and going about my errands, I noticed the lyrics from a song playing on the radio permeating my thoughts and getting my attention.
“You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you might find
You get what you need”
“That’s ironic,” I thought. I’d been thinking lately about the things that I want, and the unfairness of life, and the injustice that I suffer when I can’t have what I want. But, we all know that’s just how it goes sometimes. The going gets tough, and the tough keep going, even when it’s not fair. After all, it’s those who keep going through adversity who make the most progress in their health goals. They find that if they just keep rolling, they can get what they need.
Most of success is momentum: the power and strength that builds in an object as it moves. The longer an object travels without obstruction, the more momentum it builds and the stronger it gets. It is through momentum that something as small as a bullet can embed itself into a block of wood before it is forced to rest.
Our habits are the same way. If we allow them to progress unobstructed, they build up so much power and strength that they can withstand even the most chaotic of schedules. The key to building this momentum is in not letting small obstacles — the things we want but don’t really need — get in the way of our forward progress.
But, in the crazy world we live in, these distractions pop up every day and try to thwart our healthy habits. When you find yourself wondering if you will ever be able to get enough momentum to have what you want, it is time to stop, drop, and roll.
STOP: When competing interests head for battle, stop yourself and assess the situation. Sometimes whatever is threatening your workout or healthy eating plans is truly urgent and needs to be taken care of. Other times, it just seems urgent because it is unexpected. Recognize when this happens, and how often you find yourself being interrupted. Why is that happening? Is your day structured in such a way that it is open to negotiation? And most importantly, can you deal with the unexpected situation while still maintaining forward progress in your health goals? Most of the time, there is a way.
DROP: Look at your to-do list for the day and determine if there are any that can be rescheduled, mitigated, or eliminated completely. Let’s be honest: is there ever really an end to your mental to-do list? We will never be done with everything that we could do. But, there is an end to what needs to be done each day. There are even some things on that list that could wait a day without ensuing chaos. Choose what is the least likely to cause a revolt and shift it over. This will allow you to keep moving and build momentum on the habits that best support your life’s vision.
ROLL: Just roll with it. Crazy stuff is gonna happen. When is the last day that everything went your way? Exactly. Laugh, shrug it off, and find a way to keep rolling. The key in this step is keeping the goal manageable enough to roll it even when you’re dodging obstacles from all sides. When you have a lot of people to care for and an unpredictable work schedule, training for a marathon is a pretty big ball to roll. But a morning jog or walk could be more easily managed. Set a goal that can roll. The longer it rolls, the stronger it gets and the more powerful it becomes.
We don’t always get what we want, but we can give ourselves what we need when we rely on the momentum of one success after another to keep going. Take a look at your road ahead, clear the path, and keep on rolling!
Heather Fuselier is a certified wellness coach and personal trainer. Learn more at Wellness WithoutPity.com.
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