“Physical well-being necessitates listening to what you already know, and then taking it seriously enough to act accordingly.”
- Darrell Calkins
How many times have you found yourself thinking or saying things like ‘I know it’s not good for me, but…’, ‘I know I could do some exercise now, but…’, ‘I would like to be healthier, but…’? But, but, but!
We all have this kind of internal dialogue from time to time. It’s that voice inside your head that sounds an awful lot like you, so you listen to it. It’s not you though. It’s an unhelpful, limiting, naughty little gremlin which sits in a corner of your mind waiting to undermine your determination and positivity. Don’t let it!
Make that decision right now. No more ‘buts’. No more excuses!
Let’s face it, you probably already have a pretty good idea of what is and isn’t good for you. You wouldn’t be here, reading this blog, if you didn’t. You know that certain foods are great for you and that certain other foods should be avoided right now. You know that physical activity is important and you know what kinds work best for you. You know that certain environments and activities drain your energy and make you feel flat while others give you a sense of positivity and make you feel good about your self. You know that if you take a step back and listen to your body, it will tell you all you need to know.
You have the knowledge and you have the power. All you have to do is tell that naughty little gremlin in your head: ‘Pipe down! Your negativity is not helpful and not welcome!’ and then act.
If you know that having that piece of cake is not good for you, don’t eat it. If you know that making a little extra effort to cook a nutritious meal will make you feel great, then don’t get takeaway – make an effort to cook. If you have half an hour (or an hour or 10 minutes) to do some physical activity that’s right for your body, do it. If you know that going to the park, or being creative, or spending time with a particular friend makes you happy, then make sure you make time for it. Listen to what you already know about your self.
If you want to make positive changes in your life, then you can. You know what you need to do. Now just take it seriously and stop making excuses. You’re better than that.
By Katarina Smythe