I read a great Frank Bruni piece in the NY Times over the weekend about out all or nothing society. From food to politics to Social Media, we live in an age of excess. I am certainly not immune to the trend having completed a Whole 30 Challenge in January. It was a great experience, but now the “hard part” sets in.
The truth is, we can do anything for 10 days (Master Cleanse), 21 days (supposedly how long it takes to develop a new habit ), 30 days (see above) or 8 weeks (I’m sure there are plenty of others that I’m missing). The real challenge is sustainability. For me, this includes dragging my sorry ass out of bed at 6:00AM to be sure I get my workout in. It means learning to moderate (never a strong suit for me) other areas of my life within the context of — my life. While I was mid-challenge, I read another great article, this one on Salon about a cocktail writer who quits drinking to run the Chicago Marathon. It’s interesting not only to share her journey but also the pier pressure and post-goal letdown.
So, I ask you, are you living cycles of extreme behavior? Do you binge and cleanse? Do months go by between workouts followed by short bursts of dedication? Have you considered how you might actually affect real, rewarding change by assessing your circumstances and augmenting attainable goals with maintainable behaviors?
Get out of your box and start making real measurable progress today!