I can relate to the famous C. S. Lewis quotation ‘Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but you look back and everything is different’; part of the reason why a quarter of people give up on their New Year’s Resolutions by the end of January is because they expect too much, too quickly. We live in a fast-paced ‘disposable’ society – instant gratification is consumed, then we’re off in search of our next hit! When I learned of the Starbucks No Ordinary Day Latte campaign (which caters for all sorts of customisations!), it made me consider the fix. To make these resolutions stick, I think the key is to decidedly kick off the change by planning an extraordinary day – and then repeating parts of it ever-more regularly whilst having patience! It’s not about one giant leap (dramatic as that may sound), but rather small steps and consistency, and 366 of these will sum to No Ordinary Year! Click MORE to see my thoughts on how to plan it out!
‘NOW-ism’ is upon us! If we order something online, we expect it to arrive the next day; if the browser window doesn’t open within 2 seconds we’ve already closed it in a bout of impatient frustration. Consistency and long-termism are becoming foreign concepts, yet I’m convinced that they remain the key to success. Aiming to achieve consistent small steps will see you notice in 3 months times how much fitter and stronger you’ve become; right now however it may seem as though ‘nothing has changed’…
You might remember my recent post about the benefits of coffee HERE; sitting down with my coffee (in the picture above, a delicious Starbucks custom-configured Colombian Nariño-bean Latte with coconut milk and a dusting of cross-hatched chocolate powder which I did myself, all at no extra cost during January!) and taking a relaxed moment for myself is one of the most enjoyable times during my day; it enables me to look back on progress, which I try to do each time. It’s so important and hugely gratifying, as well as motivating for future achievement. [[And by the way, thanks to YOU for following my adventures on this blog – without your support, none of it would be possible x ]] Whilst focusing on the ‘here and now’ (we’ve all heard that a million times) is important, I’d argue that focusing on the change you’ve already seen is just as important. Recognising how everyday is important and makes a huge difference in the long run.
My fitness challenge to you is to be consistent and do something everyday to stay active! My interpretation of No Ordinary Day is one that’s simply more active; bound up the stairs two-at-a-time rather than lazing into the lift; walk to work and avoid the bus; get out and have a run around the city after the office closes!
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