So, if making compromises can actually compromise our health and happiness, what causes us to make them? I have found that I make most of my compromises when I'm impatient, or when I there is something I really "want" but don't necessarily "need". The term "impulse buy" comes to mind...I have more than a few items in my closet that I occasionally pull out and think...what the heck??? And men...? Well, we won't go there... :)
When I'm hungry, angry, lonely, tired or sad/stressed (H.A.L.T.S.) it is NOT a good time to make food decisions, (or any other decisions for that matter). That's why it's so important to be prepared and have healthy things ready to go in the fridge and cabinets. Also, I have to remind myself what happens if I make the wrong food choices. Pain levels and inflammation go way up and energy and mood go way down. Worth it for that 5 minuets of euphoria? I think not!!
We are all "tempted" from time to time to settle, to make compromises. Yet often, if we can just hold out, our breakthrough may be just around the corner. The easiest thing is not always the best! While it's ok to sit on the couch sometimes and flip channels after a rough work day... if we do it every night our book will never get written, our body will never get well, our minds will never get focused...If we know we need to get off sugar, but end up every night eating a big bowl of ice-cream, not only do we regret it in the morning, but we weaken our resolve and end up quitting before we even see the slightest victory. Even the smallest victory begins our progress towards the right direction which builds self confidence.
To steal a quote I saw on FB: "Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don't belong." Compromises can get us stuck somewhere we don't belong. Resolve can get us out. Next week we'll talk about Resolve!