I've been here before, often at the end of basketball season. It's so easy to fall into bad habits or out of good ones. It happens gradually. One basketball game at a time. One beer. One snack. And before you know it...
|Photo by Holger Groschi (2003)|
People aren't frogs. They're intelligent beings who can measure and reason and plan and exercise self-control. But there's a problem. There's one thing humans do that frogs do not: humans go into denial. They look at the facts and the truth, and then declare that it isn't so.
My mother died of complications from Type II diabetes. Over the years, she slowly gained a lot of weight. I don't think she ever thought of herself as obese, but she was. The truth settled in when her doctor told her she had diabetes. But by then it was too late. Her symptoms were so disabling that she couldn't do the work to lose the weight.
My business partner, Meredith Bell, is a very positive person. In one of her Voice of Encouragement videos, she talks about identifying your greatest talent. What's your special genius?
Maybe you should also make a point of identifying your most troublesome behavior pattern. Own up to it right now, before your situation gets worse - while you can still do something about it. I've written several articles on this blog about changing behavior. Maybe there's something there that can help you move in a new direction.
Do the work to make that change! None of us want to end up like the frog...
Post by Dennis E. Coates, Ph.D., Copyright 2011. Building Personal Strength . (Permission to use photo by fair-use license of Wikimedia Commons)