Why Confronting Ourselves is the Key
The struggle to live a sustainably fit life is for real.
- Work demands force you to skip the workout.
- Your kids pickiness with food causes you to eat poorly.
- The busyness of your daily schedule leaves no room to train.
- Your stress is so high that you’ll put off eating better until things calm down.
And so on the stories we tell ourselves go.
Regardless of the struggles you face on your journey, they all have one thing in common:
Choices are deceptive when we lean into them with a juicy story to protect ourselves from facing the truth. The truth of the matter is we probably could have redefined our struggle:
- Work is crazy. Even more of a reason I need to keep my regular workout routine.
- My kids don’t eat healthy because I’m not modeling healthy choices.
- This season of life is so busy I need to make sure I’m fit enough to show up daily.
- I know working out and walking regularly will help take the edge off all the stress.
The key to a sustainable and fit life boils down confronting the person you see in the mirror every morning: Yourself (not your spouse!).
To be an adult is to have freedom over your choices. It’s the right to make a decision when faced with two (or more) possibilities. Typically it looks like this:
- Embrace the truth + choose discomfort = grow
- Tell yourself a story + choose comfort = remain stuck
The truth is never filled with pink fluffy unicorns dancing on rainbows. But within the truth are the keys to uncovering the root cause of any story we tell ourselves (aka: the comfy contentment we find in remaining the same, but still complaining about never seeing any progress).
Stephen Covey once boiled down choices to this:
“But until a person can say deeply and honestly, “I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,” that person cannot say, “I choose otherwise.”