Flat Tire Syndrome

When you get a flat tire what do you do?  You probably pull over to the side of the road and change the tire, right?  Is it safe to say that you don’t pull over to the side of the road and flatten the rest of your tires?  Yes, that is as ridiculous as it sounds!  So, is it also safe to assume that this thought wouldn’t even cross your mind?  Well, not so fast, because the funny thing is this: many people do this all the time in other areas of their life.

And of course I am going to use two examples that I see ALL of the time…

If you start the day off with a bad meal do you consider that day a wash and vow to start anew tomorrow?  If you do, then you just pulled over to the side of the road and flattened your own tires.

Do you skip workouts because you need an hour to complete it but only have 30 minutes, so instead of just doing as much as you can, you think to yourself that you would rather wait until you can complete the whole workout?  If you do, then you must really love spending quality time with your car broken down on the side of the road.

What this amounts to is an inexplicable need to want to start when things are just right.  The fundamental problem with this thought process is that things are NEVER just right.  What you need to be doing is deciding that you want to do something, accept that you are going to hit obstacles along the way to achieving it and then just do your best to not fall off course.  Do this consistently, one day at a time.

So you miss a meal or eat a “bad” meal.  Who cares?!  That is an obstacle.  Accept that it happened.  No need to punish yourself or try to make up for it.  Just move on and at your next meal make sure that you eat something that will energize your body.  Realize that it’s unlikely anyone will ever eat perfectly.  Life will just not permit it.  Unless you quit your job and move to a farm to grow all your food, at some point something you eat will not be your ideal meal.  This won’t kill you.  Stressing out over it might.

What is the point of all of this?  The point is that obstacles are going to happen to you.  They are going to happen to everyone.  The difference will be in how you handle those obstacles.  The sooner you stop dwelling on them, accept that they happened and then fix them, the sooner you can go do the things you need to do.

With only a few weeks left in the year don’t slash more tires by saying you will start fresh in January.  Start today.  You can accomplish a lot in the next 16 days.

So roll that flat tire off the side of the road, put on the spare and get moving again!

Furaha Jumatano!


2 comments so far

  1. J.T. Bull on

    Better idea: Drive a hovercraft.

  2. Katie on

    One of my faves! You make a really good point. It seems obvious, but I think lots of people (myself included) don’t think about it this way.

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