On a typical Saturday night you would find me out with friends, at a bar or restaurant indulging in unhealthy food that I “deserve” after eating relatively healthy that week and drinking several hundreds (or thousands) of added calories in the form of beer or wine on top of my regular calorie intake for that day. I had a hard and stressful week and justify “treating myself” in the form of unhealthy calories as a reward.
Unfortunately, unhealthy foods and habits are not, and should not be justified as a “reward.” I used to use that justification to allow myself to make poor choices – sabotaging my own progress.
In situations when it comes to how you spend your time and money – you are making a choice. Let’s be serious, those are the two components which we let effect all of our decision-making and choices every day. Every decision is based on either one of those, or both of those collectively. But, when you really step back and look at it, one you have zero control over and the other you have complete control over.
Money comes and goes. The harder you work, the more you’ll have. Time, however is one component to life that you can never, and will never, get it back. Yet, our world runs on money. How is it that those with more money seem to have it all? Reality check – they don’t.
- Money can’t buy you happiness. You choose to be happy.
- Money can’t buy you more time when you feel like you’ve wasted it. You can never get time back.
- Money can give you instant gratification, but time and hard work makes you appreciate what you have and what you’ve achieved.
A friend recently shared a quote with me followed by a video that he insisted I must watch. The quote stated:
“There’s nothing I can’t do, just things I haven’t done yet.” – Richie Parker
I thought I did that, until I saw Richie’s story. Take a few minutes and watch:
Richie’s story inspires me to really consider the choices I make – because I’m fortunate enought to have choices. Not everyone is as lucky as you are.
I make choices, not because I hate my body, but because I love my body. I want to keep it working and functioning optimally. I want it to keep working for me until it literally cannot anymore, and to ensure that, I need to make sure I’m making the right choices when it comes to my health – both physically and mentally.
If you choose to constantly think about what you want – you will never appreciate what you have and how far you’ve come. If you want something, go get it. Don’t ever make yourself believe you can’t have or do something – because what ever you tell yourself, it is what will come to be. The choice is yours.