Make yourself a promise
Dessert at Dos Bújos Winery near San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Hello friends,

I made a promise to myself. Eat healthily. Exercise daily.

I discovered long ago being and becoming your best is hard work. Hard doesn’t mean impossible. 

I love the way Seth Godin described the difference between persistence and consistency. As he put it, “persistence is annoying.” I agree.

Excellence, improving, getting better—at anything—requires consistency. 

Do you want to want to learn to draw? Show up, and draw something every day.

Are you trying to cook more nutritious meals?  Show up in the kitchen every day and experiment with new recipes.

I’m on a quest to be and become my healthiest self. That includes watching the food I eat and exercise. This is not easy!

Every morning, and all through the day, I must “show up” for me. That means taking time for walking, yoga, or riding my bike.

I’m a sucker for chocolate and ice cream. For me, saying “no” to sugar is the single hardest decision I must make every single day. Persistence doesn’t help me on this one.

But I can show up every day and pass on the sweet creamer in this cup of coffee. I can reach for a few almonds instead of a bowl of dutch chocolate ice cream. 

If I make better choices day after day, consistently, change occurs. I show up because I made a promise to myself to be healthy.

Seth’s advice offers hope because “you only have to make the choice to be consistent once. After that, it’s simply a matter of keeping your promise.”

Once you decide to take that first step, you have begun. You change.

What small step will you take today, and every day? I'm always interested in your experiences and thoughts. Hit reply to share your promise.

P.S. I must confess. I enjoyed, without regret, a slice of homemade pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving Day.

Inspiration worth sharing . . .

  1. You can read what I wrote about what stops you from being your absolute best.
  2. Did you know that exercise is the most transformative thing you can do for your brain? Listen to Wendy Suzuki as she explains how.
  3. Songs to inspire your promises: Tracy Chapman, "The Promise," and Shawn Mendez reminds you to "Hold On."

Inspiring words . . .

"You must do the thing you think you cannot do." —Eleanor Roosevelt

“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”
—Alice in Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)

Be and become #yourbest today and every day.

With gratitude,

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