My pastor Andy Stanley just wrapped a great series about Happiness. I know I am SUPER guilty of always looking into the future in a way of thinking, “when this happens things will be better, or when that happens”, etc. Who else thinks like that often? I am sure many of us do.
One of the main points Andy made today was how helping others is the key to happiness, not money, not achieving some goal, but simply giving away your time. There is research to prove it as well apparently, decreased anxiety, increased immune function, patience, overall well being, I could go on and on.
Being someone who works with individuals to reach goals like weight loss I see a lot of people who get frustrated. They get so focused on the goal they will lose sight of everything else they already do have. Pushing other things away (like family, friends and other activities that used to make them happy) out of fear that it will jeopardize their progress. This right here is a one way ticket to failure…. why? Of course being focused on your goals is GREAT but you CANNOT make it your life. If you do you will NEVER EVER be satisfied.
Now you may be thinking, but you say all the time to work hard toward goals, and no excuses, etc. And yes you are right as I do say that, but it does NOT mean the healthy things you already have in your life need to be put on the back burner.
My point in all of this, if you are trying to gain a healthy lifestyle, lose weight, improve nutrition, your physique, etc you need to be sure as you are doing all the right things you are also not becoming so self involved you change mentally in a bad way. It is fantastic you are taking the initiative to be better, but you need to work on being better not only physically but mentally as well. THAT will entail you still being there for others, and seeing other things in life besides your goal. Make sure you are still making time for those you love, your church if you attend one, your friends and other things you enjoy too.
Happiness isn’t a “once I get there” type of thing, its an everyday thing, an everyday thing you have to choose. So choose how you live, how you approach and go after your goals wisely. 🙂