Perfect: the enemy of good. We focus so much of our time on all of the things we would like to change about ourselves. As we start to go down that path, we become quickly overwhelmed and give up on our healthier lifestyle. In other words, striving to become perfect is not allowing us to become good.
Research has shown that as little as 8% loss in body mass can improve your blood chemistry, such as A1C, HDL and LDL levels. Yet, most of us do not feel like we have accomplished anything unless we follow a perfect path and hit our perceived ideal weight.
To reach our goals, we need to change this thought pattern! Do not try to be “perfect” when “good” is all that is required. Try breaking down your larger goals into smaller, more achievable steps that will allow you to be successful.
Perfect: The Enemy of Good Challenge
This week, identify one thing you would like to do towards a healthier you. Do not set something unrealistic (or unappetizing) like I am going to eat salad every day this week. Focus on something that is a small step towards “good.” If you eat out for lunch every workday, pack your lunch one day this week. If you immediately sit on the couch and turn on the TV when you arrive home from work, take a 20m walk around the neighborhood once or twice this week.
These small steps when repeated consistently will build upon themselves creating empowering belief in yourself. These small steps will give you the self-assurance needed to adopt additional healthy habits over time. Before you know it, you will be well on your way to a healthier you!