Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Choose Your Battles

Sometimes we try to focus on too many things at once---we want to fix all our problems and make everything better and right at the same time, and because we overload ourselves with change in order to do this........we end up making no detectable progress. I say no 'detectable' progress because I think every time we try something new in the right direction it is progress in some way. We'd just prefer to only consider it progress if the change sticks.

Spring is a great time of year in the Northeast part of the country---things are just really coming alive, and people are sort of waking up in a similar way. It's easier to be motivated than it was before. We want to wear warm-weather clothes and go on vacations. Maybe our kids are almost out of school, and our schedule will change along with that.

It makes my job a little easier when spring rolls around---people are more likely to come to me for help or to ask questions, rather than me having to feel like I'm 'selling' wellness. I won't complain about that!

The point here is that if we don't focus on a couple things, we tend to be a little scatterbrained and not get as much accomplished. It's a great time to set some goals. Try some new things. Rather than trying to quit smoking, exercise 5 times a week, eat more veggies and fewer donuts.....pick a couple goals just for this week. Small, manageable things you can do that will make you feel good and that you're likely to experience success with.

Then branch out a little next week. Check in, get a walking buddy, do something for fun. Celebrate the good weather, wear short sleeves and flip flops---or whatever makes you feel really springy. Get excited about what you can do to make some wellness improvements, and if it doesn't quite work out---try something else!

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