In this Episode Dr. Gerstmar discusses:
-The excuse most of us use to not do the things we should be doing
-The false choice so many of us give ourselves
-What compound interest can teach us about health
-How to succeed – make it smaller and easier
It’s Dr. Gerstmar from Aspire Natural Health, and in this quick video, I want to share with you a simple concept that regularly makes the difference between success and failure for the people we help.
This past week I was talking with a client of ours who was telling me a story I’ve heard a million times over from almost everyone we work with, and it’s a story I’ve told myself countless times.
Are you ready for it?
It’s “I already know what to do, I’m just having trouble finding the time to do it.”
Maybe you’ve said this one too?
It’s completely normal. One of the curses of modern life is that we lead tremendously hectic and often over scheduled days.
When we think about health habits like exercise, or cooking, or meditation, most of us find ourselves saying, “I want to do that, but when am I going to find the time to do it?”
Is this resonating for you?
I know I’ve said that very thing many, many times.
The answer, and this is very simple and very effective.
Make it smaller and easier.
This goes against the mindset in the US which is “go big or go home”.
To take one example. Scientific studies have shown that the maximum benefit for meditation in daily life seems to peak at about 20 minutes 2x a day. So if you really want to get the most out of a meditation habit, you should invest about 40 minutes a day doing it.
Now I don’t know about you, but I look at that and say “where in the world am I going to get 40 minutes a day to meditate?”
So a lot of us look at that and say “well either I meditate for 40 minutes per day or it’s not worth doing?” And we do the same for exercise, and healthy eating too, right?
So we don’t bother to get started.
The answer to this false dilemma is to make things smaller and easier.
So for this person I was talking with, we talked about taking that meditation habit and aiming for 5 minutes per day. And if that was too much, then lets aim for 3 minutes per day or even 1 minute per day.
Are you finding yourself saying, “well what good is 1 minute of meditation going to do per day?”
Remember, health habits are like compound interest. Compound interest is that steady growth that occurs over time that looks very unimpressive in the beginning but turns into massive gains over the long run.
That’s why we’re told to invest money when we’re young, and even small amounts of money can turn into huge amounts of money with compound interest and enough time.
You’re right, 1 minute of meditation isn’t going to do a whole lot for you, it’s true. But 1 minute per day is doable by anyone, and it’s going to begin creating a habit that you can expand later.
If you’re like me, you’ll sit for that 1 minute per day, and pretty quickly you’ll say to yourself “well if I’m here for a minute, why don’t I make it 3 minutes or 5 minutes” and then that goes well for a little while and you’re seeing some small positive changes and a meditation habit starts to become a part of your life and it will expand to find the right fit for you. Maybe it eventually becomes 20 minutes 2x a day, or maybe it doesn’t.
The key is simply to make the things you want to do smaller and easier.
So you don’t have any good excuses that stop you from doing the health habit. Then as it truly starts to become a habit and you become a meditator, or an active person, or a healthy eater, you can expand the habit to get the results that you’re looking for.
So there you have it…
I introduced this concept of smaller and easier to the person I was working with this past week who was struggling with meditation and they said “I had never thought of that.” And that’s a perfectly normal response.
We often get sucked up into the whole “go big or go home” philosophy, which means most of the time we don’t do anything.Instead of having to force ourselves to jump into the deep end of the pool – like beginning a 20 min 2x a day meditation habit – we can stick our toe in, aim for 1 minute of meditation per day, get used to it, and slowly ease our way in.For most of us, most of the time, that’s going to create more sustainable health habits.
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