Change is difficult. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. I have set out to change on things many times in my life. However, I have rarely had a long term plan, or a realistic goal to reach. Achievement was ambiguous, because the goal wasn’t specific enough. The other thing I did is that with any change I made, I would start with unbelievably high intensity. My friend Kent said this to me a few weeks ago,
“You don’t really walk before you run, do you?”
I looked at my life over the past few years, and I said, “No, I don’t. I jump into with everything I have.” So if you’re like me, and you like to jump all in, then you might get the same results that I got. The problem was that my goals were based on passion instead of a sustainable process. When my passion for my goal ran dry, I would stop. So I started many things, but finished very few things with excellence.
Recently, I am using minor shifts to make major change. Right now, my goal is on my own health, and treating my body with love and respect. I want to be around for a long time, and I want to serve Jesus effectively throughout my life. My spirit is not disconnected from my body. God even calls my body His temple. Which means that I should probably honor the dwelling place of the Lord. I want to take care of what God has given me. So here are some minor shifts I have installed to create major change.
1. I drink water. Instead of pop, it is simple H20 Every once in a while, I’ll have a lemonade. Most days though, all day it is water. I drink a lot of water, and my body is beginning to crave it. (Since I used to not be a big fan of drinking water, I’m still surprised by this.)
2. I adhere to the Ryan Reynolds diet. I eat six meals a day on this instead of three. My six are healthier than my three were. I have more energy to workout because of how I eat. I will be on this diet for at least the first six weeks. Quite possibly even longer than this.
3. I share where I’m at with my success group. There are support groups and then there are success groups. A support group allows you to share your problems with little to no feedback at all. My success group will challenge me and call me out if I’m not living out what I said I wanted to live out. I love this!
4. I celebrate that I’m doing hard work. Sometimes, after a hard run in the gym, I pat myself on the back. Sometimes I put on some loud music later and dance to it. Sometimes, I share with a friend. Often, I thank God for giving me strength in my workouts.
My minor shifts are creating major change. I feel 30x better than I did December 31st when I gave up pop for water. I feel 100x better on this diet. And I am enjoying life a lot more now that I am enjoying the passion given to me from working out, and the fact that I am loving my God and myself enough to do something different.
If you feel stuck, check out this site on creating goals. Then, challenge yourself to create some minor shifts that will cause major change.