Having a plan is so important in our success in life and health. I think this quote says it well: “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” When something is planned out and written down, not only is the motivation kicked up, but also the personal challenge to reach that goal increased. Besides, it is a written plan right in front of our face, and not something that we are only thinking about and may put into place someday. See the difference? If we are good stewards of our money for example, we are budgeting for expenses with our income and successfully paying our mortgages, rents, and overall bills. Without that budget plan in place, I am sure we can all agree a huge financial mess would be the result of our irresponsibility. Planning takes responsibility and a commitment to do what is best for our life and health. Failing to plan sets us up for failure.
Let’s get back to the plan and what it takes to put a health related goal into place. I highly recommend an accountability journal to plan out strategies for exercise scheduling and also a healthy food tracking area to record food intake daily. I also like to keep track of water intake, sleep and my overall mental game. Tracking your weight on a scale one time per week is also motivational to see your progress and to ensure that the plan is working. When the plan fails to function, it is never the goal that changes, but the plan or program. Finding what works for each of us is a trial, error and fine tuning of our plan until we see the results of our investments. Just as it is exciting to pay down debt with a responsible budget plan, it is equally or even more exciting to reduce our waist lines through our commitment to the plan of adopting a healthy lifestyle.
Everybody understands the need and importance of money to support our lives and my goal is to convey that our health banks are even more important. Imagine not balancing our checkbooks and leaving out transactions each day to the point of not knowing the balance. Accounts would be overdrawn, additional fees paid, collectors knocking at the door, and stress increased tenfold. That same analogy can be applied to our daily exercise and food intake. If we do not balance our food intake, write down what is consumed, or never record our exercise expenditure, we are setting ourselves up for weight gain, increased risk of disease and illness, increased stress, and eventually doctors knocking at the door. Looking at how important a plan is for success in these terms should motivate all of us to implement them today.
Living a healthy life is not a guessing game or a wish and we are only kidding ourselves when we run around without a plan. Success comes when daily habits of eating healthy and moving our bodies are made a planned priority. Do we sweep our money responsibilities under the rug? Well, I suppose some may but the outcome is always an unhealthy consequence in doing so. How much more important is our health and that so many people do just that, sweep it under the rug. Let’s turn the goals of obtaining a fit body into more than just a wish by starting today with a plan for adopting a healthy lifestyle.
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