What does January 1st and every Monday have in common? It is when we start something new or start something again! It gives us 53 “starts” in a year. Only 52 starts in a year if January 1st lands on a Monday! When you say this out loud – it really does sound kind of silly. Imagine only giving yourself or someone you love, just one miserly chance a week to repair or fix a mistake – any mistake you or they made?
Do you only make one mistake in a week? Or are you like the rest of us – an average Joe or Josephine who makes approximately “118 mistakes per year” (https://www.cheatsheet.com/money-career/most-common-work-mistakes.html/? This works out to at least 2 or sometimes more mistakes in a week! Now imagine adding to the stress of not allowing yourself the opportunity to fix or repair your mistake as soon as you realize the error of your ways. Instead you wait until Monday finally rolls around and instead of just one mistake to repair – you now have all the fall out from that mistake and more to remedy. Yikes!
Where would you begin? Now feeling overwhelmed from it all – would it not be tempting to let discouragement turn into depression? Depression is a persistent and subtle bully that can take over your will to live life fully. It likes to distract and disrupt you and your day until your energy is drained. Then instead of facing a small moveable obstacle – you have a mountain to conquer. This is a mountain of fear. You are likely to feel fearful that you will repeat this mistake and then self-doubts creep in and you become flooded with anxiety. You wonder how can I possibly survive what feels like another defeat? It is another “I failed again” – so what is the point of trying to follow a lifestyle, even for the sake of better health, only to fail again and again?
Under these circumstances, the past represents regret and the future holds fear, so what is left? The present! Isn’t the present truly what each of us has to work with? After all, the past is over and the future holds uncertainty, so the present is the place to be! Adopting a mindset of “Do It Now” makes a lot of common sense.
“Do It Now” means living in the present and making the most of it. It is saying out loud, “Yes, I am scared and I will do this because if I fall, I will pick myself up or ask someone to help me get up.” Rather than keeping such thoughts inside, actually saying them out loud verbally allows you to have some space between your thoughts and actions. It gives yourself permission to accept where you are at psychologically and then make a commitment to yourself to move forward in a self-loving way. Giving yourself this “space” can often be enough to be truly present and know what you need to do right now to make things better.
So the next time, you find yourself reaching for an item of food (and it is often not broccoli) – ask yourself – am I eating because I am hungry or instead am I choosing to celebrate aka ‘reward’ or medicate aka ‘comfort’ myself? In ten minutes, how will you feel? More successful and pleased with yourself or unsuccessful and miserable? Self-loving actions take effort – and you are more than worth it!! Do It Now for you!!