Okay, this will be quick......Actually it won't.
Think about it.
If you were to go anywhere for a service (food, repair, programming, etc.) and the job was done quickly, wouldn't you second guess the Quality or Durability of the finished product?
So why is it that we want and expect that with our bodies, our habits, and our life?
Can we make big changes in a short amount of time? Absolutely.
But the better question is, Will it last a Lifetime?
How many times have you been or heard of the person who has a new year’s resolution and by the time March rolls around, it's back to the old habits?
I've seen time and time again: a person loses a ton of weight, then slacks off, gains it back, then repeats the cycle. This is because they try to do everything at once. Too much too fast.
Old habits die hard. But with a slower and more focused approach they can perish or succumb to healthier ones.
They say it takes about 21 days to form a habit and 90 days to form a lifestyle.
So let's round the 21 up to 30 for simplicity and use a process I like to call
The 'conveyor belt' method:
- Pick 1 Bad Habit (eating fried foods, not being active, drinking soda, etc...)
- Focus on eliminating or replacing that 1 bad habit for 30 days (take fried foods out, walk a mile 3 days a week, replace soda with water; this 1 change takes top priority for 30 days)
- After 30 days that conscious focus now becomes an unconscious healthier habit
- Repeat Steps 1 & 2, but add a new habit to focus on for the next 30 days
- Repeat it once more
- AFTER THE 3RD go through, the 1st habit has gone through 90 DAYS and should now be a part of your LIFESTYLE.
If you continue this process monthly, for a year, you could have 4 new lifestyle changes that will stick with you for the LONG RUN.
The great thing about it is, you may even create more as you go along. As the body starts to look and feel better from the small and consistent changes you make, you may feel the need to add in more or take out more by default, without disrupting your focus.
Some may feel that faster is better, and everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I always keep in mind:
Who wins the Race?
The Tortoise or the Hare