The holidays (in the U.S.) are over. Our fridge is starting to empty of leftovers. It’s time for those oh-so-difficult resolutions.
Well, the resolutions aren’t difficult. Keeping them is.
Statistics say that for those who make resolutions, by January 12th, 78% percent will have already failed in their resolutions. 78 percent!
I am as guilty of that as the next person, to the point where I quit making resolutions. I am trying something new this year: Goals! I’m reading Michael Hyatt’s “Your Best Year Ever” and implementing his plan and seeing where it takes me.
But more on that in another post, at a later time. Instead I want to share a bit of wisdom that came my way not long ago. A simple piece of wisdom that I think will prove to be a game-changer for me—and for you—as it was for the person who gave it to me.
Do you have a habit, or even an addiction, that is hindering your pursuit of health? Do you ever resolve that THIS time you’re not going to cave in to that desire? That you’re going to stick to your health regimen, only to find yourself reaching for the very thing you vowed to stay away from, sabotaging all your efforts and forward progress?
Of course, if you’re like me, then there is the accompanying cycle of guilt, frustration, feelings of failure, powerlessness and often the “Oh I just give UP already!” You feel like you’ll always be stuck where you are. Getting over this particular obstacle into lasting change is just not possible—for you.
I get it. For most of my adult life I’ve struggled that way with food. And in my quest for health and type-2 diabetes reversal, I’ve found a few foods that I simply cannot resist. Foods that do me no good. Foods that, if they are in the house, I WILL eat them. I will follow the generalization of Parkinson’s Law (not to be confused with the disease by the same name) that says: “the demand for a resource will expand to match the supply.” In other words, however much of something you have, that is how much you will use.
For me that is however much of caramel popcorn (especially the “Zebra” variety), potato chips, or gluten-free pretzels (any variety) that are in the house is the amount that I will eat. It’s not a “one little taste” situation for me. It’s not “I’ll just have one.” Well, it might be one little taste or eating just one—one right after the other, until it’s all gone.
We all know what that means. Blood sugar numbers in the “scary zone.” No weight loss. Even worse, weight gain. The accompanying frustration, feelings of failure, powerlessness and the desire to just give up.
See, I told you I’ve been there.
But what if I told you there is a simple, one-step solution to help you break that habit while you recalibrate?
A SIMPLE SOLUTION
“Just don’t buy them.”
These words came from a friend’s recounting of how she beat her lifelong cigarette addiction. She had tried every-thing to quit. Cold turkey. Medicine. Even hypnosis. But nothing worked. She’d have limited success, then some stress would hit and she would turn to the all-too-familiar comfort of a cigarette to restore equilibrium.
Her parents died from smoking. She had a daughter that she didn’t want to set the example of being a smoker for. She was in a position of leadership and she didn’t want to set the example of being a smoker for the people who looked to her. She didn’t want to ruin her health and shorten her life.
So she tossed up a “help” prayer to God one morning. The words of her solution bubbled quietly up from her heart into her mind.
Simple. Elegant. But, of course, not easy.
Just. Don’t. Buy. Them.
Would you believe, with this key she was able to quit smoking and decades later is STILL a non-smoker?
A LITTLE CHALLENGE…
I can tell you, it works. When I obey that little, four-word instruction, I don’t eat the things that are bad for me.
Just don’t buy them.
Of course, if you live in a house where other people still buy them, that will be another issue. One that has its own solution.
And we can talk about that another time.
Until next time, then, your challenge is this: Whatever it is that is sabotaging your health, for the next 30 days, Just. Don’t. Buy. It. (That also means don’t have others buy it for you!) Don’t have it available “in case of an emergency.” When the craving comes, however often that is, remind yourself “I don’t buy that,” then turn your thoughts to what you CAN have and make sure to keep that on hand instead.
I think you’ll find yourself happier, healthier, and even a bit stronger at the end of 30 days. Perhaps strong enough to do another 30 days. And then another. Maybe you’ll even have a YEAR of another 30 days and be frankly AMAZED at yourself and how far you’ve come. You may even have recalibrated your mind, heart, and body so much that you don’t ever want that thing anymore, and your health will be so much better for it!
I can just see us now, dear reader.
May 2019 be your best and most blessed year (so far)!