Diabetic One Thing
Everyday our attention is divided into several activities, tasks and directions.
Managing all of the distractions has become a full time job for most people.
When I started listening to The One Thing: The Surprising Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller, I realized that Gary proposes a simple question that as a Diabetic can really help people to get going in the right direction to controlling Diabetes.
What Is The One Thing?
Gary emphasizes throughout the book, the focusing question,“What’s the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”
When applied to Diabetes, this is really powerful.
What is the one thing you can do about your Diabetes, such that by doing it, your Diabetes will be easier to manage or reversed?
When I started thinking about this question, here are some of the items that I came up with:
Focus on your thinking. Get your mental game under control. Your mind is such a powerful tool in the fight against Diabetes. If you can change a habit (a mental exercise), think differently about food, meditate to calm your eating needs, or conquer your subconscious desire to just sit around and relax, but get up and move. You will improve your Diabetes by making it easier to manage or much like my case, reverse your Diabetes all together.
Recently, I found that I was using my exercise pattern as a crutch for my eating pattern. Whenever I would do a 10K run, or longer, I would be a lot more relaxed about my eating. I found that is was becoming a habit and I knew that I wanted it to change. Eating correctly is so important as a Diabetic. Start with little changes. Focus on portion control, or on carbohydrates or reducing sugars. Just taking action on any one of these areas will help to move you in the right direction to success.
When I think about exercise, I think about the phrase, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” Although I wouldn’t want to try and actually eat an elephant nor have I have had elephant on my dinner plate, but the visualization is applicable for the discussion of getting up and moving. So many times I hear people tell me that they don’t know where to start, or that they could never run a 10k. Amazingly, I used to say the exact same thing! I didn’t start running a 10K. I started with walking around the block. Then I moved up to a mile, then three miles (5K), then multiple 5Ks until I got to a 10K and now multiple 10Ks per week on my way to a half marathon (13.1 miles). Don’t think about move as the end result, but do something that will make you happy while you are doing, not when you are done with it.
What is your One Thing? What would be your One Thing? Share the One Thing that you could do to change your life in the comments below.