Whether measuring bank balances, stock portfolios, or the bathroom scale – we watch things if/when we are serious about them, and we don’t check when we know we aren’t doing so well.
I am generalizing about everyone when I use ‘we,’ and everyone who reads this knows I am talking about ‘me.’
The challenge and focus of this is nothing new, the mind-games we play about allowing ourselves a slice of pie – or the whole pie, are rooted in the tug-o-war between our evolutionary body, about scarcity and survival vis-à-vis our 21st-century smart brain. But quick as we’ve become about these matters, we still do counter-productive things (a psychologist would probably say I should correctly describe this as self-destructive, but I’m being nice …) which have nothing to do with our physical needs for food, or money, or satisfaction in life. We are doing them because the dish of ice-cream, taking vitamin supplements, and every other variant on healthy behavior is rooted, not at the kitchen counter but, preferably, between our ears.
Up a tick.
Down a smidgen.
Up two ticks, down three smidgens.
The week ahead will be full, and then it will be over – the challenge, the question, is whether we move things forward, or not. Move things along, or not. Go backward, or not. Nothing happens by accident, so it depends on whether we focus, or not.