Many of you know that in recent weeks our family has been more conscientious about our daily diet and exercise routines. Today I want to share a tip that has helped me personally, especially in regards to actually performing the exercise that I once only planned to do.
Most folks who are still reading this are probably familiar with a common struggle that I used to face every morning. Whether I woke up before my alarm as I normally do or whether the alarm woke me up because I stayed up too late the night before, my first concern of the morning was always the same: Do I exercise now or do I go straight to the office and get a head start on taking care of those seemingly urgent tasks that await me?
Unfortunately, more times than not I would opt against the exercise…until I read something by Jon Acuff that changed my thinking about this in a drastic way. I’m going to quickly let you in on my new secret.
Since I failed in that daily decision making process more times than not, I am now attacking the problem in a different way. Each week I decide in advance what days I will exercise and I schedule it into my life. Admittedly, I did that before. However, the difference is that now I consider the decision to be made when I schedule the exercise, not when I decide to do or not each day.
It is a subtle difference, but the impact of that difference has been very significant. Let me explain how it has totally transformed my “stinking thinking” and made me healthier.
Therefore, this morning when I woke up I was able to skip the step of asking if I was going to exercise. Why? The decision was already made! All that I had to do was act upon what I had already decided yesterday.
Since that daily decision to exercise or not was the point at which my plans would formerly fall apart on me, I can now avoid that tragedy altogether by not letting myself decide that day.
Since I started doing this I have found that simply eliminating the option of asking that question each morning has resulted in me living a life that is much more in sync with the person that I want to be. That is because I am giving myself less of an opportunity to undermine my own goals for health and wellness.