I saw a speaker once who started his lecture by asking the audience to point to where they felt North was. There was some discussion and laughter as people raised their arms and started pointing every which way. Some were completely sure.. most were completely wrong.
As I embark on my journey to better health, it strikes me how important it is to know where I am going. In practical terms, this means having a clearer sense of the ultimate “destination” of my day, my week, my month and the over-all direction of my life.
So what does that look like?
For starters, it means beginning the day “setting my personal GPS.”
I’d never consider driving into an unknown area without a basic understanding of my route, and yet every morning I launch my way into the unknown without a concrete sense of what I want to accomplish. (See my post about how badly I HATE making lists!)
I have determined that the reason I “resist the list” is that I don’t want to be accountable for the things I don’t get done…so if I don’t write them down..well, I technically get a pass.
(I’m complicated, I know)
It has been proven time and again that people who work off daily lists are more successful and productive. I have been working off a list for the past three days and (no surprise) have been much more constructive and effective in every area.
It takes time to set a GPS in my car and time to “set” my day in the morning, but I am convinced that it is the single most important first step to ensuring that the lifestyle changes I am trying to construct will take hold. Having a framework to my day creates speed bumps that limit “freestyle living”..which just happens to induce “freestyle eating.”
I am embarrassed to admit this, but silly stuff like “pray,”..”read your devotional,”..”eat breakfast”..and “take vitamins” are on my list. Sounds so goofy, but I haven’t been doing these most basic things and I know they are pivotal to the success of my new, healthier, more balanced life. Until these become habits, (like taking a shower) they will remain on my list.
STEP #1- Start the day with five or ten minutes of personal calibration. ( see yesterday’s post) Align your spirit (your insides- the essence of who you are or want to be) with your physical, outward life – the essence of what you are doing today.)
STEP #2- Compose a list for the day in a planner or on your phone. (not a random piece of paper)
Tomorrow I’m going to explore the idea of a personal mission statement. I am working on mine and it’s taking longer than I thought it would! The most interesting aspect of all of this focus on why diets don’t work is realizing that the single most important component to a healthy body is a healthy mind. 💜