“Sometimes what is the most obvious in others is the hardest to see in ourselves.”
Frequently in my Monday Morning Motivation blogs to encourage you to do something, improve something, risk something or give something.
These articles are generally meant to help you lead a radically inspired life and ignite others with the great possibility of their lives.
But today, I’m done with all that optimism, all that positivity, all that winning. Today, I’m in the mood to just let go of all of that and to start losing.
Let me explain.
After finishing college I started a real estate development firm. With the help of a small team, we’d buy old buildings, rehab them, and then sell them. It was exciting, rewarding work, but also absolutely exhausting. The days were long and hard, the mornings came quickly, and waking up early for them was always a struggle. To get fired up for the day, and not being a coffee drinker back then, I’d grab a 32 oz. soda on my way to work.
At 10 o’clock, the guys and I would take a short break, run to a gas station, and get another soda. We needed reprieve from the physical work and something cold to cool us off.
At lunch, the waiter or cashier would ask, “What would you like to drink with that?” Guess what my answer was? Yup.
And then for good measure I’d swing past a gas station on the way home and grab one more.
Besides the wasted expense and my teeth likely to fall out in my mid-20s, significant soda consumption has been shown to wreak havoc on long-term health.
A few years into this habit I went to my doctor with stomach pain, and he made the radical suggestion that I stop drinking so much soda.
I switched to one cup of coffee in the morning, water throughout the day, and my stomach pain disappeared within a week. As in added benefit, my teeth remain in my mouth to this day! It was such an obvious solution.
But sometimes what is most obvious to others is hardest to see in ourselves. [Tweet this.]
So, my friends, here’s my question for you today: What’s your soda?
Come on…We ALL have it. Maybe for you it’s alcohol or cigarettes. Maybe it’s overconsumption of food, or an addiction online. Maybe it’s the need to fill yourself with material goods, or a constantly full schedule. Maybe it is a permanent scowl on your face, or a constant need to be right.
What needs to disappear from your life? What needs to be cut out of your diet? What habits are far from life-giving, but instead are life-taking?
Change is hard.
Some of us might need a friend to share the weight of this change. Some of us might need a group to share our struggles and to learn from theirs. Some of us might need someone to talk to professionally. Some of us might just be sick and tired of being sick and tired and choose that this is the day that whatever their “soda” is, they’re going to pour it out!
Regardless: sometimes we need to lose something in our life to stay on fire with the gift of truly winning.
Challenge: What is your soda? In the comments below, tell me what your “soda” is and one action you will take to start eliminating it from your life this week. I can’t wait to hear and cheer you on – here’s to a life-giving day.
My friend, today is your day! Live inspired.