There’s a great commercial out there from DirecTV, poking fun at people who settle for cable television. While it is quite entertaining and a clever way to market their product, it can also shed some light into other areas of our lives as well. It seems that society at large has decided to settle, or accept, less in life. It starts in our youth where we may settle for less than straight A’s. We may settle and not push ourselves academically in high school and beyond, instead opting for a primed social life. We may continue to settle later in life with jobs that don’t give us purpose, settle with friends who take us for granted, or settle with a less than desirable weight or diet. We simply decide at some point to not put for the effort it takes to have it better. Choices such as these have long-term ramifications to our overall success in life. However, it is never to late to expect more out of yourself. You can decide to never settle in life again, especially with your health.
Making the decision to expect more can change the landscape of your life. Prioritizing your health and wellness by actively choosing to lose weight through diet and exercise has a positive ripple effect with your self-confidence, energy level, self-image, and lifestyle. We may not even realize that we have settled for anything because we are content. However, contentment can sometimes be seen as settling for less than, too.
Take an inventory of your life. Stop and really think about ways you can raise the bar in your own life and expect more from yourself. Not settling can push you out of your comfort zone, but staying where you are can have far greater consequences. Making better health a priority now can give you years of a higher quality of life much later. Pushing yourself to take an active role in overall wellness can change the trajectory of your life in amazing ways. Deep down, you know if you have been settling for less with your health. Maybe it’s time to listen to that small voice and tell it you are ready to begin.