Entering the holiday season and as usual, my willpower is battling the elements.
And by elements, I mean the free pizza at lunch on Halloween.
Or the leftover cupcakes.
Or the bags of uneaten Halloween candy that are up for grabs.
Or the pumpkin flavored pies, scones, or mini tarts.
Or any of the other goodies that are trying to slide into my grocery cart at the store.
So that means it’s storytime. We’re going way back to when I was probably 10.
I have a lot of siblings and we had a lot of cousins over. We had all been stuck in the house all day. My aunt said that we were going to go on a walk to go play at the park. My mom mentioned that it might rain later in the day, but when we looked outside, the sun was shining. So we put on our t-shirts and our shorts and headed out.
The walk to the park took a good 45 minutes. Every time we passed someone on our walk, they told us that we should probably head indoors because a pretty bad storm was on the way. At the park, we’d only played for a couple minutes when the wind started to pick up and the clouds started to roll in. So we turned back around to head home.
Not exaggerating here, this was the craziest storm I’ve ever been. The rain came down fast and hard with big chunks of hail. The wind was intense and piercing and difficult to walk through. We were all immediately drenched, incredibly cold, and weren’t anywhere near home. We tried to huddle together and walk as quickly as we could. I’m pretty sure we were pushing a kid in a stroller and if anyone had a sweatshirt, you better believe we handed it over to the baby.
So there we all were. Completely and totally unprepared and caught in the elements.
I mean, we all survived and warmed up and had hot chocolate later. But it was pretty miserable getting home.
So looking back, there’s a lot of things we could have done differently.
We could have stayed home. I mean seriously. We knew a storm was coming. We could have stayed home.
We could have driven to the park instead of walked. Cars are brilliant. They most likely have roofs and doors and walls and heating. And the ability to move pretty quickly.
We could have worn sweaters or rain jackets or brought umbrellas just in case.
I don’t know about you, but I personally don’t want to spend the holiday season completely drenched and far from my goal. I don’t want to look back and have to “man, sure wish I’d…”
So what’s the key?
Well, the key for each person will be different. But there are some factors that are pretty much universal.
1. Be Aware. Be aware of the emotions, the situations, or the people that are most likely to be involved when you fall off of track.
2. Be Prepared. If you know that you’re going to encounter the tempests or the storms, be prepared. Eat before you go to a party. Chew gum. Drink water. Know how you’re going to handle the situations before they come.
3. Remember your WHY. Remember WHY it’s important to you that you stay on track. Remember WHY you want to make a change. Make your WHY important, and don’t let things get in the way.
4. Forgive yourself. Yup. You just might slip up. That doesn’t mean you’re a failure. If you slip, take the very next opportunity you have to make a healthy decision and get back on track.
Best of luck to all of you!