Mon, Jan 4, 2010
I was packing my son's lunch and 'almost' had a cookie for breakfast when I was packing some in his lunchbox.
My first thought process was – it will be really good, I'll only have one, it's first thing in the morning, I'll wear the calories off and I'm coming into a new challenge, I'll do this now since I won't later.
But mid reach into the bag I stopped myself and just said no – because it was in no way progressing me towards my goals – even if the challenge hasn't officially started yet.
I have some making up to do from the holidays at any rate!
The minute I refused myself permission to say yes my entire mindset changed and I didn't even want it anymore.
It made me think that sometimes we only tell ourselves we want things but if we take a minute to think about it (sometimes only seconds) we don't even really want the think that brings us down.
I think that there is some reflection in order here to dig down into exactly the reasons it is so easy to choose off the cuff to go for the thing that takes us away from our goals.
I find in almost everything at first glance that seems the easy thing to do. But on second glance, especially as time wears on and the 'wrong' choices have become a habit – it is not the easy choice at all – matter of fact there is a great cost to the 'easy' way with very little payback.
What do you think?