Okay, you have a worthwhile goal and are experiencing difficulties. The going is getting pretty tough. You’re trying to learn a language, or how to plant a garden, or even how to fly a helicopter. You’ve encountered obstacles that seem insurmountable. You’re failing, and your initial resolve has been lost. What next? Thinking about quitting? Before you do, first think about babies.
That’s right, babies. We can learn a lot from little humans.
Have you ever observed the process of an infant learning to walk? What do they do? After they’re comfortable standing, they begin to cruise, holding onto furniture for support as they move about. Eventually, it’s time to let go of the furniture and take those first few steps independently.
What invariably happens when a baby does this? You guessed it—they fall. Not once or twice, but multiple times. They fall over and over. For a baby, falling is the equivalent of failing. And what does a young human do each time they fall (fail)? They get right back up and try again. Babies are persistent when learning to walk. They have committed to their goal of getting around the world on two feet and will persevere until they have achieved it, regardless of the number of times they fail.
Imagine if babies gave up trying to walk after falling once or twice. The world would be filled with adults crawling all over the place. Although it’s a humorous thought, it’s not a sensible one.
If you have a worthwhile goal and are encountering difficulties, learn from the youngest of our species and resolve to continue until you have attained what you have been striving for.
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I had a great conversation with Gabrielle Mazar on her podcast. The episode was called “The True Impact of Lifestyle on Your Health” and a lot of valuable information was shared.
Topics discussed include the importance of awareness about the foods you eat (they may not be as healthy as you think), the pillars of a healthy lifestyle and the reasons why your genes do not control your destiny.
Please click the link below to if you’d like to listen:
Have you been a couch potato for too long? Do you want to finally do something about it? If so— kudos to you! One of the first things you should do is set specific health goals so that you have a depiction of where you currently are (point A) and where you wish to be (point B). Moreover, it may turn out that the gap between A and B is substantial, and consequently, many changes are required in order to close this gap.
Some people in this situation may be able to successfully make significant life changes in a short time to bring them closer to attaining their goals. However, this may prove too difficult for most people, and attempting to make extensive changes quickly can easily be a set-up for failure. I submit that making gradual and progressive small changes over time is a much better way to achieve big goals and close the gap. In short, for most people, baby steps are the way to go.
I wonder how many people reading this have a treadmill that now serves as a wardrobe. You purchased the treadmill with a strong desire to exercise and become healthier, which you did at the outset. However, over time, your commitment to becoming physically fit began to wane, and the treadmill began collecting dust. Not too long afterward, it began collecting piles of clothes. It is now difficult to even recognize it as a treadmill.
What can you do? The answer is to take baby steps. If you resolve to exercise consistently, make gradual changes. Start by removing a few articles of clothing each day over the course of a week. Now take a look at it—you actually have a treadmill again. Next, use it to take a five-minute walk. Over the following weeks, take longer walks and then short jogs. Then, begin to take longer runs on your brand-new closet-turned-exercise machine. You’ll feel great, have a lot of fun, and will be doing magnificent things for your health.
In most instances, consistent and progressive baby steps are the best way to close the gap and accomplish big goals.
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