I want to start exercising more, but my family commitments don’t leave any time for myself.
I try to eat healthier at work, but my co-workers like to joke about how the lunches I pack are “too healthy.”
I hear comments like these all the time. It is hard enough to initiate change on your own, let alone have little support for your efforts at home, work, and elsewhere.
Here’s the important thing to remember, however. YOU are in charge of YOU. YOU are deciding to make healthier changes for YOUR benefit. Whether your husband, kids, co-workers, or Aunt Sally are on board with this is their problem, not yours.Instead of trying to change their beliefs and attitudes about a healthier lifestyle, recruit support from friends and family who are in your change lane. Trying to convince your non-supporters that healthier food and more exercise are important is futile. All you need to remember, and remind them if you must, is that healthier food and more exercise is important to YOU. And, when you set the healthier example, stick to your guns, and don’t back down in the face of naysayer. When you stand up for yourself, you are, in effect, demonstrating strength, commitment, self-confidence, and leadership.
That’s right – you’re a leader! As a leader, you need to surround yourself with positive influences – people who will hold you up, rather than pull you down.
And the next time your co-workers make fun of your “too healthy” lunch, tell them the joke is on them .
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