This is by far my favourite question I have ever been asked. The Dr. Libby conference I attended this year asked that question of the audience several times. The question I now repeatedly ask myself.
Why do we do the things we do when we have the experience, knowledge, and resources available to make the better choice?
With all the information at our fingertips about eating a balanced nutritious diet without extremes to maintain optimal health, why are we as a society tackling obesity? Why do we diet when we know they simply don’t work in-the-long-run?
Why are we constantly looking for quick fixes and answers when the information is at our fingertips?
Life is abundant with examples of us all doing the complete opposite of what is good for us. We overspend when we can’t afford it. Waste our time on things that aren’t necessary. We fall in and out of love with people that aren’t right for us. Spend time with people that take from us emotionally and give nothing back. Give so much of ourselves to others with nothing left to give. If others treated us the way we treat ourselves we would be horrified!
The reality is, the answer is complex, to say the least. If it was easy, we would all do it and be off on our way living the happiest healthiest life possible.
So many factors are at play. Gender, upbringing, self-belief, self-doubt, family history, childhood experiences, time, energy, responsibilities, role models. LIFE!
We are all unique complex individuals. All with different upbringings and surroundings. All with different daily experiences. All with different needs wants desires and passions. How on earth are we as such complex beings meant to fit into what we are told is right for us?
The answer for me is we’re not. How can we?
Success in any area is all about progress, not perfection. Why do we do what we do, when we know what we know? Because it’s hard. Humans will avoid pleasure for pain every time. Gratification now is so much nicer than pain now for a better outcome later.
Taking small steps towards positive changes will help. Anything too drastic and extreme might not work in-the-long-run. Break it down into manageable pieces that are right for you.
If what you’re doing isn’t working for you, you have the power to change it. No one else can do it for you. It will be hard. But if you need to make a change go for it. Just take your time, do it your way, at your pace. Taking responsibility and grabbing hold of what’s important to you might just surprise you.
So you know what you know. Now, what are you going to do?