Day Five into the new year, and the strength of my resolution to lose weight, cut down my cholesterol level, and get sufficient sleep are constantly being put to a test. Changing one’s daily habits, be it dietary or sleeping pattern, certainly isn’t easy. This is when the ‘3 P’s for Making Sustainable Change’ are called for – patience to stick to the new routine despite little visible impact in the early days, perseverance in the face of obstacles and temptations that make giving up an attractive way out, and persistence to soldier on, one day at a time, just like how a marathon is completed – one step at a time.
When it comes to fixing the body to regain health and well-being, making drastic changes is seldom desirable or sustainable. What I’m learning, like how the chiropractor once realigned my spine by making minor yet regular (twice weekly) adjustments over almost a year, the secret of success lies in making small changes in a consistent manner, bit by bit, so long as it is in the desired direction. It’s the small daily changes that will create the big impact we desire in the long term. I suppose, this applies to other endeavors as well, especially the worthy ones. What do you think? What small changes are you making daily? No matter what it is, remember: You need to put in the work to make life work.
Your Slowly-changing Dad