The Christmas Gift That Will Change Your Life...
Friday, December 10, 2010
Merry Christmas to my Spark Friends: The Secret Gift That Will Change Your Life...
I am making this my most memorable Christmas: Feeding my Spirit (instead of my physical body)!
Remember when you were a kid around Christmas time? The anticipation? The nervous excitement? It’s fun watching children live this out each year. It helps remind me of what it’s like to pour emotional energy into a single moment in time, all because of the promise of a payoff.
This realization had me asking myself this question, “Why Am I Giving Up Before the Payoff?”
I was able to think of many excuses – everything from “my husband tempts me away from the healthiest choices” to “I’m an emotional eater, and I’m going through an emotional crisis”. All of the answers were important to work through because they’re extremely relevant and can help in keeping my commitments.
Another important question for us to ask is, “What Is the Payoff For Me?” In other words, “Why am I giving up donuts and pizza every day for broccoli and smoothies?” Why would we wake up before the sun comes up, strap on some sneakers, and go for a half-hour walk in cold when the bed is soooo warm?
Then I realized this...
“If my ‘Whys’ are important enough, my ‘Hows’ are easy.” If I'm motivated enough to do something, I’ll figure out a way to do it, no matter how challenging it is.
I need to continually ask myself... What’s that thing that will get me through the difficult places in my health commitments? What drives me to overcome diabetes? What compels me to lose weight? Unless I have something tremendously powerful pulling me through, I’ll remain over weight and never reach my goal.
In the end, the thing that drives me – REALLY drives me - is the thing I have to keep in the forefront of my mind every single day when I decide what I eat, whether I exercise, what to do when I crave sweets, etc.
One passage in the Bible says, “My people die for lack of vision.” What we need is a vision to prevent our commitments from dying. We need not only a plan, (the How), but we need reasons to stick to the plan, (the Why).
This Christmas, do you want to give yourself an incredible gift? Figure out what your “WHY” is! Discover why you want to do what it takes to get into the best shape ever, or to have more energy than you did in your twenties. Whatever it is you want, you have to have a reason – and preferably a time frame – for accomplishing it. It’s up to you to figure this out.
MERRY CHRISTMAS, MY FRIENDS! I hope this message speaks to you - I wrote it to encourage me!!!