This is from a little book called, “You2,” by Dr. Price Pritchett. I am going to write from a portion of his book, then explain what it can mean to you in your quest for reaching your fitness goals. Here it is:
“I’m sitting in a quiet little room at the Millcroft Inn. A peaceful little place hidden back among the pine trees about an hour out of Toronto. It’s just past noon, late July, and I ‘m listening to the desperate sounds of a life-or-death struggle going on just a few feet away. There’s a small fly burning out the last of its short life’s energies in a futile attempt to fly through the glass of the windowpane. The whining wings tell the poignant story of the fly’s strategy-try harder.
‘But it’s not working.’
The frenzied effort offers no hope for survival. Ironically, the struggle is part of the trap. It is impossible for the fly to try hard enough to succeed at breaking through the glass. Nevertheless, this little insect has staked its life on reaching its goal through raw effort and determination. This fly is doomed. It will die there on the windowsill.
Across the room, ten steps away, the door is open. Ten seconds of flying time and this small creature could reach the outside world it seeks. With only a fraction of the effort now being wasted, it could be free of this self-imposed trap. The break though possibility is there. It would be so easy.
Why doesn’t the fly try another approach, something dramatically different? How did it get so locked in on the idea that this particular route, and determined effort, offer the most promise for success? What logic is there in continuing until death, to seek a breakthrough with ‘more of the same?’
No doubt this approach makes sense to the fly. Regrettably, it is an idea that will kill.
Here’s my request to you for today. DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. Look for something you disagree with. That is the place where a breakthrough will come from. ”
For you, that might mean doing something differently that your body disagrees with. Human beings tend to get into routines in life. We will grow up eating a certain way and that will stick with us into adulthood. We get used to certain foods, and for many of us, those certain foods are not healthy or nourishing to the body, but that is what we are used to and what we like. These foods even seem to agree with our body. We crave these foods and it is what we know, so we keep at it just like the fly. Even though the way we are eating is killing us, we do it anyway because that is what feels right and what seems to agree with our bodies.
The same goes for exercising. If we are not used to exercising and try to incorporate this into our lives, it feels very uncomfortable at first, and our bodies protest. Our bodies seem to be screaming to us, “I disagree with this! I don’t like it. It is not working for me!” So, we give up and quit. The way we are not exercising is killing us, just like the fly is not finding a new approach to reaching freedom is killing him.
So, you can stick to what you know and have known for your whole life. Stick to what feels comfortable. Stick to the lie of what your body agrees with; eating an unhealthy diet because it tastes good (although once you do completely stop eating like this it will never taste good again. It will actually make you very sick if you try it again), or not exercising because that seems like the easiest way. That will surely bring misery in your life, and most possibly an early death. The only way to conquer this is to find a new route and take that route. Do something you currently disagree with and with patience and persistence it will be something your body agrees with and your whole life will be changed for the better!