The quote goes something like this:
“You don’t have to run faster than the bear to get away. You just have to run faster than the guy next to you.”
Although the likelihood of being chased by an actual bear is slim, many of us are still allowing ourselves to be chased. This relates to our health and fitness when we set up unrealistic goals that are impossible to do long term. We often become disappointed with ourselves when we can’t live up to the idea of being perfect. We end up thinking we are failures if we don’t eat perfectly at each meal and exercise every day. Unfortunately, you’ll never outrun this bear.
You don’t need to try to outrun the bear or your bad habits. You just need to focus on doing better today, then yesterday. Improving our nutrition and fitness does not happen overnight. Healthy habits take time to form. And, when we put the time in, these habits will eventually kick in and you will find yourself feeling better, looking better and having a better outlook on life.
When it comes to your health, small changes can add up to big wins. This is also where consistency is important. When we stick with it, these small changes turn in to lasting lifestyle changes. Start by focusing on just one small habit to incorporate in to your life. Work on making this new habit a part of your daily life, then move on to the next one. This is the key foundation behind Healthy Habits with Kari. All of my programs focus on this philosophy. It doesn’t’ need to be hard, you just need to start – one habit at a time.
Remember – don’t worry about being perfect. Instead, focus on doing better than yesterday.
Try it for yourself. Follow the below steps. If you follow these steps, you’ll find that you’ve formed a new habit by then end of 30 days.
- Do only one habit at a time. You can almost guarantee failure, when you try to do too much at once.
- Choose an easy goal. Start with something you know you can do every day. As you master goal setting, you can add harder habits.
- Choose something measurable. Each day, you should be able to measure whether you were successful or not.
- Be consistent. You’ll find this is the key to your success!
- Report daily. Write it down on your calendar or journal.
- Keep a positive attitude! Remember we aim for progress, not perfection!