HOW LONG DOES CHANGE TAKE?
Sometimes, we allow the perceived length journey to discourage us before we even get started. Yesterday someone asked me “How long will it take for me to drop 25 pounds?” When I suggested that a manageable rate of weight loss was 2 pounds per week, he looked down, discouraged, wanting to grab the summer body in time for Summer (we are in Southern California after all).
Almost 7 years ago, I made a commitment to lose 1 pound. I knew it wouldn’t take long and I could defnitely lose 1 pound. After 1, I recommitted to dropping another. Then another and another.
In one year, I’d done what I’d set out to do. I’d lost 1 pound 225 times. I was healthy, strong, fit and happy. I took care of myself and what started as a commitment to living and eating healthy grew into a desire to completely transform my life. Each of these transformations started the same way:
* I lost my father prematurely to a stroke. Day 1 was mourning him.
* My marriage died and I was left to pick up the pieces of a new life. Day 1 was getting up in the morning.
* Took the chance to love again only to see my fiance cheat on me and leave me for my neighbor. Day 1 was taking myself to a psychiatrist.
* Injured post surgery required more surgery. Day 1 was starting over in the gym.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned: Day 1 is as magical as Day 1000. What makes a day magical isn’t the person you start it as. It’s the direction you’re headed in.
Forward is magical. What can you do **right now** to make TODAY DAY 1?