Aren’t plans wonderful? When you make a plan in your head it is absolutely flawless. You think it through, hypothetically moving the pieces of your life around in such a fashion that everything falls into place perfectly. Maybe you even throw a few curve balls at yourself, just to test out how strong your plan really is. You tell yourself that this fad diet is going to do the trick and with a bit of fast weight loss you can turn your life around and start living a healthier life and enjoying everything there is about Columbus. But that isn’t what happens, is it?
The problem with plans is that they never happen as planned. Unexpected events, hardships and plain old fatigue come into play and you need to work around them. Sometimes people who you’ve made plans with take a separate path, and you find yourself in the middle of something you never actually wanted for yourself.
Planning for Tomorrow
The problem with plans is that they are perpetually in the future. You probably remember the old Wellington Wimpy quote from the Popeye cartoons, “I’d gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today,” or have seen the clever signs hanging up in bars that there will be “free beer, tomorrow.” Even the little red-haired orphan Annie understood the novelty of plans and timing when she sang about her love for tomorrow, since it is “always a day away.”
When you make plans to focus on your diet and weight management tomorrow, next week or after an upcoming event, you are setting your weight loss plans up to fail. The thing about tomorrow is it never is here. Tuesday will come eventually, but once it is here the next Tuesday is still ahead. By the time tomorrow comes it will be considered today, and tomorrow will be postponed for another 24 hours. The only way to make positive changes in your life and take control of your weight loss goals is to get started now (as in today, pronto).
Sometimes plans are a good thing. It is a good idea to know what you want and plan ahead for success. The problem comes when the plans never start. A plan only does so much good sitting in your head and tossed around in conversation. Making plans on potential roadblocks like, “I’ll start eating better after I get that promotion,” or “once the weather improves I am going to start working out” are the types of plans that never come to fruition.
Remember: The grass isn’t greener on the other side; it is greener where you go and water it.
If you want to improve your health then it is time to stop making plans and time to start acting on them. Focus on the task at hand and start being a doer, instead of a thinker, planner or perpetual procrastinator.
Time is of the essence. When you put something off until tomorrow it may never come. Embrace the moment and squeeze every second out of the minute at hand. When you put action in your plans you might just find that time has been on your side all along.