Are you insane?
Posted on Sep 06, 2017 by Nutritionworks Wellness
Have we all gone insane?? Insanity, as defined by Albert Einstein, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Yet, this is exactly what so many of us do! Why do we continue down a path that isn’t yielding the results we want? Perhaps it’s because we find comfort in familiarity, even when the familiar is no longer working for us.
I have been thinking a lot lately about why change is so hard, particularly when it comes to lifestyle. For many of us, we continue doing the same things over and over, failing to move in a direction of change and growth. The truth is, most of us are afraid of change. The reality, on the other hand, is that change is the only thing we can count on. Nothing ever stays the same, even when we want it to. So, rather than resisting change, maybe we could learn to embrace it!
I have made many changes over the years to better my health. Every single one of those changes seemed overwhelming at first. Every single one started out with difficulty, soon met with resistance (sometimes from others and sometimes from myself), and eventually cozied up with my desire to go back to old habits. Giving up dairy and eggs when I discovered I couldn’t properly digest them was one of the most challenging lifestyle changes I have ever undertaken. I had to learn a whole new way of cooking, eating, and dining out. Because I love dairy and eggs, occasionally I indulge, hoping for a different outcome. Not surprisingly, the result is always the same. Dairy and eggs make me sick.
Through my struggles with change, here’s what I’ve learned: the process of lasting change is just that -- a process. And, that process almost always involves stops and starts. To create real lasting change we must first create a new habit. When we decide to create a new habit , we must first commit to investing the time it takes to do so. We must also be willing to work through the struggle of abandoning old, comfortable, habits in favor of new habits. When we start to create a new habit, it often feels impossible. We need to understand that forging a new habit probably isn’t going to feel good right away. That’s okay. We can do hard things. If we can take one day at a time rather than focusing on the big picture we can slowly build upon our successes. What once felt impossible begins to gain momentum.
Lets use working out as an example. The first day seems nearly impossible to get through. Everything in our body hurts and we hate every minute of being at the gym. However, once we make the commitment to ourselves, we put on our shoes and go to the gym. After a week we start to see why people actually do this crazy thing called exercise. By the end of the month we start looking forward to going to the gym. We buy a few new workout outfits and we meet a couple of new “gym friends”. By the end of the third month, we don’t even recognize who we are. We can’t imagine going back to a time when the gym wasn’t part of our life. Going to the gym is an activity we actually look forward to. If we miss a day, we feel cranky about it. This. Is. How. Change. Happens. This is how we build new habits. One day at a time, in the trenches making a commit to ourselves day after day after day.
So let’s decide to take our power back. We have the power to change. We can make a commitment to ourselves to try another way. Let’s become promise keepers, and begin with a promise to ourselves to embrace change. Let’s stop doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. When it comes to our health, we have everything to gain and nothing to lose. Let’s commit to a different path -- one that leads us to find our way to health and sanity.