Picture this for a second….
You’re at a holiday party. You’re surrounded by your family, friends, or coworkers and are having a great time.
Drinks are flowing and food is everywhere. And it’s delicious. In fact, you’ve already indulged in some of your favorites, in moderation of course 😉
But then your friend asks you to have another drink, and then someone else asks you to try that amazing casserole they made. Or maybe a plate of cookies has caught your eye.
Even though you’re full, you can feel yourself about to give in to those temptations –
and break the commitment you made with yourself not to overdo it.
Ever been there before?
I know I have.
Here’s something that can change EVERYTHING for you:
Take ONE big breath, remind yourself of your goals and your WHY …
And then ask yourself this simple question: How will you feel tomorrow if you break that commitment?
Will it be worth it?
Will you feel rested, energized, and be able to live your day to the fullest?
Will you be happy with where you are on your wellness journey?
I know that when I overindulge, I don’t sleep well. My stomach gets upset, I’m usually a little moody, and I basically feel like I’m dragging my body around for the entire next day.
For me, having those extra drinks or piece of cake isn’t worth the way I feel afterwards.
It also sets me up for cravings.
But when I ask myself, “How will I feel tomorrow?” or even more immediately, “How will this affect my sleep tonight?”…
It’s 1000x easier to follow through with my commitment to myself.
It also creates a powerful mindset shift because it turns a negative (feeling deprived) into a huge positive (feeling energized, stronger, and empowered).
And check this out…
In a study back in the 1960s, kids were left in a room with one marshmallow on a plate.
They were told they could eat that one marshmallow immediately, or wait 15 minutes and get two marshmallows.
Those who waited scored higher on standardized tests, had better health, and were less likely to have behavior problems. I know – what a weird study, right? Who thinks this stuff up?
Studies continue to show that people who keep their goals in mind and put off their immediate “wants” in exchange for a more desirable “end result” will generally do better in their relationships, careers, health and even with their money.
Remember- moderation is the KEY to success. I hate that word, too, but it’s that middle ground where we make the most progress.
So while you’re at having fun at your holiday parties this month, give this strategy a try when you’re facing temptation from that extra piece of homemade pie!
Also, I’ve got some good news.
I’ve got something really cool coming in January that will start of your new year with a nice little boost. Stay tuned and leave a comment if you have any tips for staying on track during the holidays.