Ditch Quick Fixes For Long Term Success

Making positive changes to your health (or any area in your life) isn't a perfect science. It takes time, practice, and a little trial and error along the way.

You will have challenges. You might have to make some adjustments. And you sure as hell will make some mistakes. But, that's all part of the journey. 

Most Type A, high performing individuals have a hard time with this idea - because we want to see results. Yesterday. And we want to do it perfectly. Sometimes the desire to be perfect is just a cover up - an excuse that allows us to avoid doing. It’s how we rationalize not achieving a goal or walking away form something we committed to doing. A fitness plan, a nutrition overhaul, hell...even a business or relationship.

So instead, we fall into the trap of not taking action out of fear of failure - or out of fear of it being too hard. In a world full of chaos, difficult can seem overwhelming...so we search for easy. 

Quick fixes and 30-day challenges are hot right now. Wait, who am I kidding, they've always been hot. Just yesterday I heard an ad on the radio for a pill that is supposed to make your appetite for food vanish. Huh? I'm sorry, but that's not possible...but I bet millions of people are trying it. Because, let's be honest, anything that promises quick results gets quick attention.

Sure, the quick fixes work - temporarily - but they aren't sustainable and they teach you zip about how to create a plan is sustainable (and realistic) for your lifestyle. They also aren't perfect, but they give the illusion they are - which makes the marketing all the more enticing.

Do you ever hear a company promoting a "slow & steady" program? Of course not. Why? Well, because that isn't a sexy marketing campaign, and for us Type A'ers that is SO not appealing. Yet that's exactly what is needed for long-term health. 

I know, being patient is the last thing you want to be told to be - but it's part of the process. And for long-term results it's the only way. Quick fixes might get you in your skinny jeans faster, but they don't teach you habits that will stick with you over the long haul.

I am driven by results. I didn't need a personality test to confirm this, but it did (multiple times) by popping out the label, "results oriented”. On a daily basis I am working towards accomplishing something. Short or long-term goals, you name it - I have a list. And it's long.

Sometimes, I want what you want. A little magic pill that will get me to my goals faster; that will ensure perfect results. But at the end of the day, I know that settling for less isn’t the answer - and usually doesn’t stick. Putting in the work to get to lasting results not only creates positive habits, it's also a hell of a lot more satisfying. 

If you find yourself playing it safe when it comes to certain goals, what's holding you back? And, what is it costing you?


RETREAT NEWS:

In June I’m hosting my first Refresh Retreat (a transformational mind/body retreat for high performers). I’ve pre-sold some of the spots and right now until April 28 I’m holding a full tuition scholarship competition for smart, driven females who want to prioritize their health so they can achieve their next level of success in work and life.

The application process is very simple. People can submit a brief nomination for themselves or a high performer of their choice at http://www.kellytravis.net/scholarship. The winner will be announced the first week of May 2017.