Most of us are starting the new decade wondering where to start. We come off of the holiday season running to catch up to the days that are already getting ahead of us. Will life ever change?
I started the new year off in a terrible autoimmune flare-up, and my own poor decisions led me to that place. In 2019 I learned a lot about my body and how to feed it better, but yet I still continue to beat it up. I didn’t go into the holiday season prepared and didn’t say no to some of those treats that I grew up on and were available.
So here I am at home, recovering, and I am facing life one day at a time. Thankfully our bodies do recover, but as we age, the recovery will take longer. I have learned that there is no other way to a healthier life than diligently making better choices daily. I want to be better. I want to feel better, and most definitely, I want those who engage my table to know that I value their desire to feel better through the food they eat.
I heard this quote this past week, and it is one that is helping to give me clarity and assuredness as I move from one day to the next.
You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. That means developing great habits. Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments, and that bridge must be crossed every day. Over time that daily crossing becomes a habit. And ultimately, people do not decide their future; they decide their habits and their habits decide their future. — John Maxwell, “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth
If someone were to watch a video of your daily life, what would they see? Would they see someone rushing out the door in the morning with an unhealthy breakfast, or maybe no breakfast at all? Would they see someone who spends too much time online or binge watching their favorite episodes? Would they see someone who eats too much take-out?
Is that what you want people to see? If you think no one knows or cares about what they don’t see in your life, you’re right. But you see it. You know your daily habits that are shaping you, some of us literally.
Have you ever taken a wrong turn when you were trying to get somewhere? With every turn of your wheels, you keep getting further from the point where you separated from your original path. If you take another wrong turn, you will find yourself lost in the fog. Our lives are just like this. We take one turn off our path to living optimally and then getting back there is much harder because the more time we stay on the other path, the further we are from where we want to be. Get back on track, and if you get off on any given day, identify it and adjust. Don’t wait. Correct as you go, but as you build in better daily habits, you’ll find that you get off your path less and less.
This world we live in goes by so fast that life gets blurry. What are those habits that you could change to bring more opportunities for growth and change? As we wrap up January, don’t let 2020 be a year of fog, but one of clarity, where 20/20 vision is possible.