Last week I saw “Ghost Protocol,” the new Mission Impossible movie. The movie had a tremendous number of scenes showing hand-to-hand combat. Special Agents take classes in hand-to-hand combat and train until their responses are automatic. No thinking is involved.
Habits are a bit like that. A habit is how we automatically respond to a certain situation. Habits are hard to change because we respond without thinking. To change a habit we need to stop, think and choose a different way of doing things. That takes a lot of effort. This is the time of year when most people are making New Years Resolutions and those resolutions usually involve changing habits.
According to a series my local paper ran on obesity, most Americans are training themselves to eat out once a day, and sit on the couch watching TV and eating junk food. That means extra calories and a lack of exercise. Here are some scary facts about obesity from the US Centers For Disease Control. I’d rather be a Special Agent instead of a Couch Potato! Wouldn’t you?
Many people set such high standards that they can’t achieve them unless they stop living and only focus on those New Years Resolutions. That leads to failure. This year I am going to try to make healthier choices in my eating and exercise routine. I’m simply going to stop, think and ask myself if I am making the healthiest choice I can, taking into consideration all of the other demands I have on my time.
This approach won’t turn me into a Special Agent, but it should keep me from becoming a Couch Potato and that’s a good first step. Have you made any New Years Resolutions?