Going Beyond the Best of Intentions
It’s that time of year again to celebrate National Nutrition Month! If you have been following us on Facebook this month or are friends with a dietitian, then you already this year’s theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward”. I love this theme because I think it serves as a reminder that we daily have to choose to put our best foot forward when it comes to our efforts in fueling our bodies and taking steps to attaining better health. By this I mean the planning that must occur prior to achieving success. It is one thing to have the best of intentions, but what is required to go beyond just good intentions?
Initiating the Steps.
While thinking about the consistent changes that lead to lasting results, I cannot help but think about the numerous steps that go into making a change. First things first, you have to make a decision that you want to make a change. Now this may seem obvious, but sometimes I think we lack the full commitment—I know that I have been guilty of this a time or two. Next, you must assess where you are in the process and if you are truly ready to make a change. After that comes what I feel is the most important part – goal setting. Without setting goals, you may be left feeling overwhelmed with the changes that lie ahead. While it is good to have long-term goals, also be sure you set the short-term milestone goals to aim for on your journey. After you have set a goal, that is when you determine a plan of action and begin the footwork. We have all heard of the 5 P’s – prior planning prevents pitiful performance. It is safe to say that there is some sound logic behind this phrase. In this busy and fast paced world, we often feel the need to have everything within seconds or at the push of a button. The truth is, more often than not, any goal worth achieving is going to require planning and take some time.
The Great Divide.
If you were to ask me what separates those who are most successful from the rest, I would tell you that it is those who plan and are actively taking steps towards their goals daily. If you have an end goal, but have not taken the proper steps to reach that goal, then chances are that goal is going to take longer to reach. While it can be a good thing to be flexible and go with the flow, it is also important to find that balance and ensure that you are planning for success. This means finding the small steps that you can take on a consistent basis and carrying them out.
There is no “I” in “Team”.
It is my great honor to be a part of someone’s journey to health and wellness. To see the vulnerability when someone comes in and they say “I have tried it all and I am now seeking help” is one of the most amazing things to hear. It truly makes my heart smile when I can not only watch them grow in their journey to physical health, but also to see them slowly grow in other areas, as well. In school, I had a professor who said that dietetics majors always say they chose the profession because they “want to help people”. I laugh because I remember feeling like she implied that we all give a cliché answer, but honestly—it is the truth. I often think that people think the job is simply telling people eat this or don’t eat that, but that could not be further from the truth. As a member of your team, we help you set the goals, help you create a PLAN that will get you there, and provide accountability.
If you are looking to put your best fork forward and need a little guidance on how implement the change, then we would be thrilled to be a part of your team. Please join us this month as we choose to put our best fork forward and encourage others to do the same!