Changing one habit could change your entire life
The first step
About one year ago, I went outside in the middle of the night, in the rain and started walking for no particular reason at all (shameless Forrest Gump reference).
Whether or not it was a good day or bad day does not matter, I started walking that day and did not stop. The next day when I woke up I felt inspired to give myself the goal of walking every day for the rest of the year, which just so happened to be exactly 180 days…six months…half of year.
I did not set rules that I would be determined to break. The only rule was before I went to bed each day I had to walk.
How far did not matter. Where I went was not a concern. I just had to walk.
For six months, I walked, often at night. I gazed at stars. Got bitten by chiggers, mosquitoes and anything else lurking about in the dark.
As the seasons changed, I did not stop walking. I walked in the rain. I walked when I was in pain. There were days that walking to the end of my driveway was an accomplishment.
I never stopped walking. I did not miss a single day, period.
I rung in the New Year, not with alcohol, but walking outside in the freezing cold.
So much changed about me in just six months.
My confidence soared. The clarity that I waited my entire life for came during a solitary stroll.
Most important was I proved to myself and everyone around me that I could set a goal and see it through.
I fell on the ice one night…on my knee. I kept walking. Car loads of guys would make inappropriate catcalls at me. I kept walking. My joints ached and my mind was exhausted. I never stopped walking.
Now a year later, I have missed very few days of my walks. It is as much a part of my day as breathing and eating.
A year ago, I felt confused, overwhelmed and frustrated with myself and the entire universe. Today, I have peace and focus.
Sorry, I am not going to tell you that I lost uber amounts of weight during this time period. Actually, I experienced several stalls during this time. But I kept walking.
The takeaway I want to give you is to pick just one thing in your life that you want to change and make a commitment to work at it every day…no matter what.
Holidays, illness, mood can not be an excuse. You have to keep at it, one step at a time, one day at a time.
Be the change
Just like Forrest, when I started walking. It started a movement.
My kids joined me faithfully…until it got too cold. My neighbors who peeked out the window at me started to take strolls as well as the weeks went by.
What kind of change could you spark around you by doing one thing every day.
Maybe you need to start with a month goal, then build off that and go to 90 days. Keep going until you look up and you do not have to set the goal any longer because you have changed your behavior.
I plan to keep walking every day for the rest of my life. Even if one day, it is just a few steps at a time.
I hope that I have inspired you to think about what kind of change could you incite in your life by just taking that first step.
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