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  • Writer's pictureLinda Peterson

Start Where You Are, Use What You Have and Do What You Can!

Updated: Apr 13, 2022

I love this quote by Arthur Ashe because it can be applied in so many of our life situations. How often do we try to be all things to all people at all times? We compare our progress with that of others. then beat ourselves up if we don't "measure up." Or we take an enormous bite out of life, only to become overwhelmed and immobilized. I am this way with books. I get inspired, order several books then when I see my "to read" stack at a dozen, I feel overwhelmed and they start collecting dust. Setting that big New Year's resolution is another perfect example. You may decide to join a gym and exercise an hour every day, eat all plant-based meals, remove all sugar from my diet and organize the entire house--in January! These are all wonderful goals, but let's remember we are human. We may eventually be able to do it all, but not all at once.

The good news? We may not be able to do it all, but we can do SOMETHING! For example,

  • instead of organizing an entire room, can you organize one drawer or closet?

  • instead of planting a full garden for fresh veggies, can you plant a cherry tomato plant on your porch?

  • instead of vowing to get up at 4:30 am to exercise, can you set your alarm for 15 mins. earlier.

  • instead of going for that 5 mile hike, can you take several 10 minutes walks during the day?

  • instead of trying to drink half your weight in ounces of water each day, can you add a glass or two?

  • instead of writing a lengthy journal entry, can you write a brief note of gratitude?

  • instead of going plant-based overnight, can you add one vegetable serving a day?

  • instead of taking a tech-free day, can you take a tech-free hour?

As you can tell, I don't adhere to the "go big or go home" philosophy. It is the small actions done consistently over time that lead to lasting success. So ask yourself--what is one small thing I can do today to get me closer to where or who I want to be? Just start where you are and do what you can.

Blessings and Be Well,

Coach Linda

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