A Project For You

Last week we learned one of our friends has breast cancer. She normally eats well but due to some serious timetable stress had strayed from the path of healthy eating.
It prompted me to share this with you…
Back in 1967 I failed year 10 miserably.
A few years later I went back and did my HSC at night school. I recall well the headmaster of University High School in Melbourne addressing the assembled students at year’s start. He said he knew full well from experience that fully two thirds of those who enrolled would not complete the year, for one reason or another.
Well that set me back on my heels.
I mention that because it’s an example of how many of even those of us with good intentions can get derailed on what we consider key projects in life.
So, how do we stay on track rather than get derailed?
First, we have to have an end-point, something to aim for. It should be something we consider highly desirable and worth the pain it will take to accomplish it.
Then we need to learn how best we do the following:
overcome obstacles,
stay focused on the core objectives,
ignore distractions and
remotivate ourselves when we feel flat.
Remember in high school you were set assignments and projects so you could learn about a subject more in-depth?
Well, here’s a little project for you. Should take less than 5 hours and may change your life remarkably for the better by helping you clearly identify dietary and lifestyle changes right for you.
To determine what dietary and lifestyle changes you need to make to set yourself up for a healthier, happier and more enjoyable life.
Make a list of 20 people who are 20-30 years older than you. Parents, aunts and uncles, friends of the family, work colleagues etc.
Have a quick chat with them about their present state of health. Find out the degenerative diseases from which they suffer.
Identify what dietary and lifestyle factors caused or contributed to each of those conditions.
Identify what changes in their diet or lifestyle may have prevented or minimised their likelihood of suffering from those conditions.
Based on what you have learned to date from the previous targets, make a list of the dietary and lifestyle factors you are doing right and another list of those things you would like to change.
Next to each “Like to Change” item, write a target date by which you think is realistic to make that change.
Start implementing those changes in your life and ticking them off your list.
Set a weekly or fortnightly or monthly “Review Time” when you sit down with your list, review your progress to date and plan your next steps.

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