Right now, you may need to overcome the diagnosis of excuses. We all use them, but when they control you into doing the wrong things and prevent you from doing the right things, you have a problem, especially when it comes to your health. One of the most common is lying to yourself by saying, “I’ll start exercising and/or eating better when I have more time.” Unless you hold the key to the universe, you aren’t getting more time. In fact, the older we get, time moves faster. Our mothers were right! Trust me, there will never be a more convenient time for you to make changes. If you keep waiting, you will never start. Excuses grow bigger and tougher to beat with time. This excuse is covering up the fact that you are just being lazy. Ouch – I know that was direct, but unless you get brutally honest with yourself, you can’t overcome the obstacle. You really don’t want to do it and therefore don’t. You just don’t want to tell me that you are lazy.
My advice is to get the root of why you don’t want to exercise and eat right then develop a stronger why for being healthy. I mean, who doesn’t want to live a long, healthy life? Don’t fall into the second biggest excuse: There’s a drug for that. For about 20 years, we have been brainwashed by the big pharmaceutical companies to believe that a drug will cure everything. Have you not figured out that they are in the business of making money off of sick people? Healthy people don’t make them rich. Oh sure, we are grateful for life-saving drugs, but we have since turned the corner to drugs ruining people’s lives. Every—and I mean every—drug has side effects and consequences, many of which are worse than the originally problem.
Your health is your responsibility, and thinking you can just take drugs to fix your bad choices is, well, a bad decision! Two wrongs definitely won’t make a right. And buying into the message that being obese is okay should be a crime. Let’s be perfectly clear: being overweight does not make anyone a bad person. I am not judging a person’s worth or character on their outward appearance. However, we were not designed to carry so much weight. Organs and joints are suffering, and illness and diseases are prevalent in those who are heavy. Our body is our temple, and it should be held sacred.
God loves us all, but we have done a disservice to keep people in their own prison of obesity. It’s the work of the devil, if you ask me! When we are not our optimal, we cannot do what God calls us to do. We should be showing our love of God by staying healthy, and our love of others by helping them on their journey to wellness. Need some support and encouragement? Give me a call.
If you are a Christian, you are familiar with the Barnabas principle of having three types of people in our spiritual life: A Barnabas, a Paul and a Timothy. I thought I would break that down and apply it simply to all aspects of our lives. First, we should have friends and those who are older than us in our lives (Barnabas). These people have lived through most things and came out the other side. They have wisdom we simply haven’t obtained yet, and they can guide us and mentor us.
We should also have friends and those in our lives who are the same age as us (Paul). These are our peers, and we can commiserate together as we are in the same stage of life and going through similar struggles. Iron sharpens iron, and we can be great encouragers for each other.
Lastly, we should strive to have younger people in our lives (Timothy) as we need to pass along our own wisdom and knowledge. Only when we invest in the next generation will we have hope for a better future.
At any given time of your life, you should have all three and be all three. God never expected us to figure things out alone nor did he want us to walk our path by our self. No, we are gifts to one another! We give and receive blessings through each other.
Sports is a part of most American’s lives. We either engage in them, watch them or do both. I grew up loving to play sports, and I think the principle of sportsmanship is important for the workplace. Sports are competitive, and we are expected to give our best. We play hard against each other, but in the end, only one can win. There are no prizes for second place in the corporate world.
Yet, we must understand that the reality is we are actually challenging ourselves. Our goals and objectives are our own. Done correctly, sportsmanship is taught along with the sport. It is no different in your career. You should be climbing your own ladder and not worrying about what others are doing.
Yes, in many cases, only one can get the job, but we celebrate whoever gets the victory. Our win should not be an opportunity to step on or put down someone else. Good athletes shake hands after the win because they know things could have gone differently and may another day. And in today’s world, you might be on opposite teams today but put on the same team tomorrow. Don’t burn bridges!
So, celebrate when a colleague accomplishes a big goal and don’t hoard your victories over others. Play hard but shake hands.
How’s your stress level? There is no such thing as a stress-free life, but we can manage it better. My book, A Healthier, Happier You gives you 101 ways to lessen stress and find balance.