Stop trying to only hit home runs (How to create big wins)

The Home Run Derby was earlier this week – a fan favorite. The only goal of the Home Run Derby is to hit as many balls out of the park as possible. If it’s not hit out of the park it doesn’t count.

Sure, it’s fun to watch. But relying on Home Runs to win games is fools gold.

I don’t write enough about celebrating small wins. In fact, the only way to create BIG wins (weight loss, dropping sizes, baggy clothes, more energy, etc.,) is by creating small wins.

Getting the body we want is about the accrued power of 1000’s of meals, and 100’s of workouts. Each one counts just as much as the next one. But like with everything in life, it’s unrealistic to expect rainbows and butterflies all the time.

Dealing with the lows is the hardest part, of course. And that’s why staying consistent is so challenging.

But even in the worst situations there can be a win. Really!

Let’s explore:

Let’s say we’re in the middle of a binge, and we typically eat a pint of ice cream. Leaving even a few bites – is a win nonetheless. That’s progress!

Bonus: Getting a healthier version such as frozen yogurt – instead of regular ice cream.

Let’s say we really don’t feel like exercising. Typically, we would be inactive all day. Instead, we do 20 jumping jacks before we shower. That’s progress. It’s a win nonetheless!

Bonus: If you feel like doing nothing, how about going for a walk? Heck, why not walk in place while watching TV? Something is always better than nothing. And movement energizes us. Too many people feel that if they can’t train like an Olympian why bother at all? Rationally, we know this is silly. Done is better than “perfect”.

Let’s say we have a terrible day of eating. We’re disgusted with ourselves so we choose not to submit our daily report. But instead, we submit it, and are as open and honest as possible.

(Note: I learn the most about myself, and you, when the going is tough. Not when things are going great. It’s smooth sailing when it’s going great. The greatest growth happens when the sh*t hits the fan. And it ALWAYS will.)

While these can be seen as negative things, they can also be seen as wins.

No, it’s not perfect. But it’s progress.

Besides, we don’t live in a perfect world. We live in a progressive one.

Although change can seem daunting at times, it’s very possible. It takes a lot of effort. And lots of courage. But mostly, it takes a willingness to be vulnerable.

And part of that is not only celebrating the good but also how the not so good is getting better.

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