Temptation: Is It Worth It?
So, you're at a holiday party. You're surrounded by your family, friends, or coworkers, and you, big guy, are having a great time.
The drinks are free and flowing, and food is everywhere. And it's delicious. In fact, you've already indulged in some of your favorites - in moderation of course ;-)
But then your buddy or date asks you to have another drink, and then someone else asks you to try that incredible casserole they made. Or maybe a plate of cookies has caught your eye.
Even though you're already full, you can feel yourself about to give in to those temptations – thus breaking the commitment you made with yourself not to overdo it.
Ever been there before?
I know I have.
Here's something that can change EVERYTHING for you:
Take ONE big breath, remind yourself of your goals, and your WHY ...
And then ask yourself this simple question: How will you feel tomorrow if you break that commitment?
Will it be worth it?
Will you feel rested, energized, and be able to live your day to the fullest?
Will you be happy with where you are on your wellness journey?
Will it improve your life (and health) in the long run, or do the exact opposite?
I know that when I overindulge, I don't sleep well. My stomach gets upset, I'm usually a little moody, and I basically feel like I'm dragging my body around for the entire next day.
For me, having those extra drinks or that second piece of cake isn't worth the way I feel afterward.
It also sets me up for cravings. BIG time.
But when I ask myself, "How will I feel tomorrow?" or even more immediately, "How will this affect my sleep tonight?"...
It's 1000x more probable that I'll follow through with my commitment to myself.
It also creates a powerful mindset shift because it turns a negative (feeling deprived) into a huge positive (feeling energized, stronger, and empowered).
And check this out...
In a study back in the 1960s, kids were left in a room with one marshmallow on a plate.
The youngsters were told they could eat that one marshmallow immediately, or wait 15 minutes and get two marshmallows.
Those children who waited typically scored higher on standardized tests had better health and were less likely to have behavior problems!
Studies continue to show that people who keep their goals in mind and put off their immediate "wants" in exchange for a more desirable "end result" will generally do better in their relationships, careers, health, and even with their money.
Remember - moderation is the KEY to success.
So while you're at having fun at your holiday parties this month, give this strategy a try when you're facing temptation from that extra piece of homemade pie!
Also, I've got some good news.
If you want me to break down a simple step-by-step action plan to help you reach your goals to finish out 2019 STRONG and set yourself up for success in 2020, be sure to schedule your free Success Strategy call this week!
Do it now before the spots fill up.
Until next time, make it a fantastic day, own your age, love your life, and keep moving toward a better you!