(originally posted on my other weblog site, Chuck Pruitt’s Blog)
I subscribe to a weblog called the IF Life. IF stands for “Intermittent Fasting.” A cool concept, but not the focus of this post. I am also into two other ideas of his, Two Meals a Day and BodyBurst Training. But again, not the focus of this post.
The author, Mike O’Donnell, has an article he wrote and sent in his e-mail newsletter and also put on Facebook this morning. I read through it rather quickly, as I often do, and then had a “WOW” moment; and went back to re-read it slowly and let the material sink in to my conscious.
I’ve nicknamed the idea “TYNBS” which stands for “Take Your Next Best Step.” This is the main point of Mike’s simple motto; when you’ve done something that screws up your plans (in health, fitness, diet, training, or even your job, relationships or your lifestyle – don’t sit and whine about it. Don’t be consumed with guilt. Don’t even worry about it (okay, take three minutes to worry, then put it in your ‘worry box’ and forget about it).
Decide to TYNBS – Take Your Next Best Step. As Mike explains, “It doesn’t really matter how you got there, only what you are going to do next.” His point is this: Okay, now what? What are you going to do today? What is the next best step for you to take now? Don’t tell me that after Christmas (I really dislike calling this time of year the holidays) you plan to start a new exercise program. I do not want to hear about the great diet you’re going to be engaged in as a new year’s resolution. I want you (and especially me) to tell me what you’re going to do now – what’s your “Next Best Step?”
You know I recently posted an article following a small weight gain that I was going to “Quit Bread.” I know I’m not perfect and may (probably will) slip up and fool myself into thinking, “well, it’s just this one time… I’m having a burger with some friends and I’ll get back on the wagon tomorrow.” The goal now is to recognize the event if and when it happens and to not beat myself up over it. I need to Take My Next Best Step.
This simple motto from Mike becomes a mantra. Didn’t make the time to get the kettlebell swings in – take the next best step. Disappointed my wife when I forgot to do something she had asked – take the next best step. Let a day slide without studying my future means of self-employment as a freelance copywriter – take the next best step. As with any of the areas discussed, including health, fitness, diet, finances, relationships, job or lifestyle, accept the mistake, quickly evaluate the situation, re-focus and determine what it is and “Take Your Next Best Step.”
This is what I’m going to do. Mike tells us to “reflect and focus on what you want to do in life. It won’t happen by chance.” And like he suggests in his post, repeat this process … hourly … daily …monthly … for a lifetime.
You can, and I recommend you do, read his article here. Then apply the motto to your own life.