By Jackie Wicks, PEERtrainer Co-Founder
One thing that I am hearing from many of you is that you simply don't have the time to make the changes you want to.
If you are lucky you have plenty of time and space to do the experimenting and exploration needed to get you to the place you want on a more permanent basis.
But if you are like most people, you are dealing with some limiting forces that have nothing to do with how motivated you are.
What I have been finding is that when you accept that you may be overwhelmed in any way, and then identify one thing that you can do "anyway" you begin to feel like you are doing your best.
This is very important- especially for the "achievers" out there. There are some very accomplished people within the PEERtrainer community. We have written about this before and noted a phenomenon where people who are familiar with what it takes to get something done in other areas have not applied those skills to making the changes that get you to a weight, energy and health equilibrium.
Sometimes they have not made the connection between the two. Other times they are simply busy. Regardless of the reason, this can lead to a feeling that one is "not doing their best." This very simple three step exercise can help you feel better about yourself and also stay on track.
1. Ask yourself if you feel as if you are doing your best with your food and exercise choices. Maybe take a moment or two and think about your efforts in relation to everything else going on in your life.
2. What is one thing that you do have room for right now that you could do right now, today or this week?
3. What is one thing you don't have room for but that would benefit you? Maybe this is something that you are not ready for but that you have been thinking about. This is an interesting step because it functions as some very lightweight planning.
If you find that you truly don't have the time you need, this may help you go a little easier on yourself. If you identify one thing you can do right now you'll work your motivation muscle. And if you think about something you would like to do, you help plan. All things that will help you!
You also might find it helpful to re-read this article:
Pay close attention to the first three. We found that people strongly related to those.
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