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Published on May 19th, 2014 | by Miss Be Fit


Thinking about making a change? Read this first!


I love this article that came across my feed the other day. Especially because I had just been discussing this with a friend over the weekend.

Rome definitely wasn’t built in a day, as we all know. Neither is a healthy life change or new habit.  Change takes action!  A goal is not going to appear before us out of thin air.  We can sit around thinking about how we wish we could change this, or have that, or be this, or do that.  But it’s not going to happen just sitting there hoping it appears like magic in front of our eyes.

Think of a goal as your ‘Rome’, or a brick house.  Someone has to carry each brick, hold it, place it, mortar it. It takes care and attention.  Imagine each brick as a step to a change you want in your life.  Maybe it’s a small change, or a big change, but either way, you’re going to have to have a plan, or a ‘blueprint’ per se and you’re going to have to carry each and every brick. Maybe you’re going to trip, maybe somedays the brick will feel like it weighs a ton. But either way, you will have to get back up and carry the brick however you can.  You need to map out the steps to that change, and savor each and every step along the way.  Lose yourself in the ‘bricks’ and before you know it, the house is finished!  But, if we are not consistent with our ‘bricklaying’, the house will never be built.  If we just keep staring at the final goal, we will never get there. And if we are not consistent in the small details it takes to build a new habit, for change, we will never see the change.  It is so easy to lose sight of this and to give up thinking that we simply cannot do it, the goal is too overwhelming.  But, what if we break it down, brick by brick and just focus on those little victories, savoring each and every one until we make it to the top?  For example, let’s say the goal is to create the habit of early morning exercise.  Well, there’s a whole stack of dominos to lead up to that. Sure there are some that can go ‘cold turkey’, but quite often the new habit then does not last because there is no blueprint, or work that lead to the goal.  So to get up early every morning and exercise requires changing your sleep pattern which means going to bed early perhaps 15 minutes more each night until the desired goal.  If you get to sleep 15 minutes earlier than your usual tuck-in time, that’s a ‘brick’!  Kudos!  Let that habit seep in until you increase to another 15 minutes, and so on.  Perhaps another brick in that goal is to shut down the computer 30 minutes before bed, or read a book for a few minutes before sleeping, or laying out your exercise gear the night before.  It’s up to you to map out the small steps it takes to climb the ladder.  The important thing is for you to see the steps and not just the final goal, because those steps are what is going to take you there.  Without bricks, there is no house!  With time, patience, and consistency, before you know it, your Rome will be built, just keep stacking!!!

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is a Yoga Instructor and personal trainer, the creator of Miss Be Fit TV, a new mix of traditional yoga and interval training. Her YogaRock System is a proven 12 minute daily workout routine, that will tone you up and allow you to build and maintain the muscle you have always wanted.

2 Responses to Thinking about making a change? Read this first!

  1. Denise says:

    I also find it is about delaying instant gratification and persistence. I remember that shampoo ad from the ’90s : “It won’t happen overnight. but it will happen.”

    • Miss Be Fit says:

      I agree Denise! Persistance is a major factor. So is self forgiving and acceptance when things don’t go exactly as planned (i.e.: falling off the wagon, so to speak) The ability to get right back up on the horse is just as important as anything else. A little pat on the back is great, but yes, save the major party for when you’ve got the golden prize in hand 😉 xo

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