We should always be making some kind of progress in life be it small or big. I think it’s our nature to grow as personally and also in our businesses.
It’s my opinion that we are destined to grow and make progress no matter how small it is. Life is a journey and we should experience things as we go along. Some of those experiences will be good and some will maybe be a little bit sweet and sour. That’s just life. But it’s how we choose to react to what life gives up that defines our progress and prosperity in life.
Anyone can make progress starting today taking firm steps into whatever goal they want to achieve. If you really want to expand your skills, grow as a person, become better at something, start to heal or whatever you desire then start making a plan on how you are going to achieve those goals. Make a decision that you want to change permanently – not some short-term magic fix that is not going to have any lasting effect. If you truly want to become a better person, a better father, a better worker, a better busines person or better in your relationship than start looking at yourself and try to face the situation that you want to change. What is it that is holding you back? What is the one thing that has to change to move forward?
About three months ago I took some decisions for my life as I wanted to start feeling better physically. I was constantly tired, having headaches and feeling like I didn’t have energy to the things I needed to do. I had problems waking up in the morning and it was kind of embarrassing for me. I didn’t know exactly what the problem was but I knew that there was something not right about how I was feeling but I never really examined it. It had been going on for a long time and I was getting tired of the situation and finally I started looking at myself instead of blaming others or my environment.
After examining myself I saw that even though I was not maybe stuffing myself with junk food I had some space to improve. I saw that I was digesting too much soda with sugar and that was one of my fixes to raise my bloodsugar when I was feeling tired. Sure it did that but then it would drop even lower after about 30-40 minutes making the situation even worse. Still this was something I had been doing for years but never faced myself with. So one of the first things I saw was to cut out drinks with excessive sugar amounts. I knew that of course this was not a dramatic change to my life but every small change adds up and I knew that if I was going to have one big permanent change then I would have to make several small ones to add up to it.
The first days were not so good. My body had been so used to this that now it was screaming at my and asking me why I would be so cruel to it. Sure this feeling dispappeared in 2-3 days and I could sure feel that I was feeling more balanced throughout the day. After about a month I was completely over it and then I started thinking – well if I could do this can’t I then cut out something else to feel even more better? What small improvement can I make to further build up my wellness? So I started again looking for something else, not necessarily something big, but something that was a bad habit maybe and I should quit.
I did eat quite a lot sometimes and specially snicker bars and kit-kats. Instead of quitting chocolate I switched unhealthy candy out for dark chocolate that has been shown to have some good health benefits. I knew that even though it was chocolate I was making some good progress in taking out the bad and inserting healthier options instead.
To make a short story I started by taking one thing out little by little and deciding that it was going to be a permanent decision. If it resulted in a more overall wellness then I would continue. But if you are going to do everything at once you run the risk of giving up finally in my opinion.
I have then moved on to removing milk from my daily routine. I do have the occasionally yogurt and cheese on bread but I have stopped drinking milk almost everyday like I did. And I do see results. That’s why I’m sticking to it.
The conclusion is that start by examining your situation and be honest with yourself even though it may be difficult. Changing is never easy. It can mean a headache for two days for example. But the long-term effect may be awesome. Deep inside you probably already know what has to change in your life to have progress be it weight loss, relationships, skills, money or whatever your desire is. What didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it can’t work for you. You have to find out what is working and what is not in your life and then take a decision on what your are going to do about it. But if you take the decisions that you want to progress and you want a change then make it a lasting change. Don’t say “I’m going to take a 3 week detox”. For what? To fall in to your bad pattern again? Why not stay “clean” always?
Nothing in life that is worth anything big comes easy or fast. If you want great results and become successful, have better body or find your special one that you desire to have in your life, then start becoming the person you truly want to be. Find out how you can improve in one thing and it will transmit to other things. Take steps everyday even though they are babysteps, starting small makes it easier to grow as you go along and become more used to the feeling of doing a new thing.
Best of luck to you.
Hafsteinn Thordarson / Next Step Freedom
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