Sometimes starting seems like an awful lot of work. Your inner perfectionist wants you to wait for the perfect moment – the start of a week, a new month, or “after vacation.” The critical voice in your head is always willing to tell you that you should have started sooner, that you should be doing more, and that you know what you should be doing. The big thinker in you can see your goal – whether it’s healthier eating, or weight loss, or getting back to a fitter, more vibrant version of you – and feel overwhelmed by the bigness of the goal and the length of the path ahead.
Figuring out where and how to start when you want to stop overeating for good can be confusing. Confusion leads to being stuck.
The moment we have control of is now. While regret can be toxic, the truth is, the last six months offered 182 days of now moments. Where would you be now if you had taken 182 (or even 90) days to put in place new, better habits that work better than overeating? Our inner critic tells us that only big, dramatic steps will help us, but the truth is, six months of small, consistent actions can create magic.
The last six months are gone, but today is a new day.
The perfect moment is now, and the best action is the next doable step that you can take. Don’t look too far ahead, focus on this step, and then your next one. Keep moving, even if it’s an inch at a time. In 182 days you will amaze yourself.
Below is some inspiration to get you started – and if you want to learn more about the approach that allows you to stop overeating without developing superhuman levels of self-discipline, expecting rigid perfection, or constantly feeling deprived or obsessed, join me for a free online class on how to start a plan that will last. Just go here
I dwell in possibility. -Emily Dickinson
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. -Chinese Proverb
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. -Maria Robinson
The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion. – Thích Nhất Hạnh
Never look back unless you are planning to go that way. -Henry David Thoreau
It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan -Eleanore Roosevelt
If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else. -Yogi Berra
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. -Lao Tzu
Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts. -Winston Churchill
I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul. -William Ernest Henley