Sustainability is important when considering change.
We might mix up our eating habits.
Adopt a new training regimen.
Start some new habit to improve our life.
We’re often encouraged to ask whether we can maintain our habit forever.
That is, can we keep it up indefinitely.
The intention behind this suggestion is worthy.
It encourages us to consider the long term implications of our approach.
To make sure that we’re going to do something we can sustain.
So that we can keep making progress.
Sometimes, however, this suggestion can keep us from taking action.
We’re intimidated by the idea of doing something forever.
We don’t know if we can commit to the long haul.
This new habit is completely novel to us.
How can we tell if we can keep it up indefinitely?
There’s no way to tell beforehand whether we can do anything indefinitely.
It’s not reasonable to expect ourselves to make that kind of commitment.
Don’t commit to forever.
You don’t know now what forever looks like.
Commit to a month, a week, or even a day.
To whatever amount of time it takes to get started.
To get a feel for whether your plan works for you.
To see if it aligns with your needs, preferences, and goals.
You don’t have to stick with it if you don’t want to.
You can always pivot.
You can always switch things up.
If you want to just try something out, that’s totally cool.
If you want to go all in for the short-term, knowingly and deliberately, that’s totally cool.
The only person who matters when making these decisions is you.
Nobody determines what you do with your life but you.
There’s no need to commit to forever.
No need to lock yourself in.
It’s okay to dabble.
It’s okay to experiment.
It’s okay to test the waters.
What serves you today may not serve you tomorrow.
You are worthy of the best life.
That will take some trial and error.
That’s part of the fun.
You’ve got this.