Perfection is the enemy of progress.
Because the 28-Day Be Healthy program is about progress toward better health, let’s vow here and now to shelve any expectations of perfection.
Let’s just admit none of us is perfect and we all make mistakes.
“I am not perfect. I have made mistakes in the past and I will certainly make more in the future.”
There. It’s done.
Now, if you take a step or two off the path, it’s no big deal. Just step right back on and keep moving.
The journey to good health is an everlasting marathon, not a sprint. The 28-Day Be Healthy program is a time-out from the regularly-scheduled programming to help get us back on track; shun harmful habits and adopt new ones; and set many facets of our physiology on the right course.
Keep in mind, the human body has a sort of accident forgiveness policy. If you have a piece of super-sweet birthday cake, you’re not going to collapse in cardiac arrest. If you forget to take your PM vitamins, you won’t die in your sleep.
So, when it comes to making healthy choices, imperfection is allowed – as long as it’s not the norm.
What can we do to keep us motivated to resist temptation and choose healthier options every day?
- Prepare a plan – every week, every day, every meal, every snack, every temptation-filled situation.
- Prepare to stick with your plan – with the right food, ingredients, supplies, tools, etc.
- Repeat the following mantra throughout each day:
“Every morsel of food you put in your mouth either helps or hinders your health.”
Whenever you make healthy decisions, feel good about it. Pat yourself on the back. Give yourself a gold star. Every little morsel matters!
If you feel your strength to resist temptation waning, no problem. Just revisit your Why. Why are you doing this? Why don’t you just eat, drink, and be merry and forget the whole thing? Know your Why.
Either you want to be healthy or not.
If you do, you must be willing to make choices every day – throughout each day – which help your health, not hinder it. You must be willing to step out of the peanut gallery and your comfort zone and risk making mistakes. And you must be willing to jump back on the horse after you have fallen from it.
“Do one thing every day that scares you,” advised Eleanor Roosevelt. Not only does it open doors and build confidence; it builds momentum for success.
Making more and more helpful choices and less and less harmful ones creates a perfect path of progress, leading you closer and closer to success.
Now let’s go crack some eggs!