Does One Size Fit All?

by Feb 24, 2014Health, Productivity

Diet 156,702

Exercise 16,228
Productivity 38,5686
Organization 248,495

These are the results from Amazon search using these keywords and books.  If there are this many books than how can so many of us still be fat, out of shape, disorganized and distracted? Because it isn't one size fits all and books don't always tell the whole story. I've read books that have completely changed my life but none would be able to do what my business coach has done for me. She made it personal, put it into perspective in my life and holds me accountable.

Just because your friend loves the Paleo diet doesn't mean that it will work for you. Just because your colleague does Crossfit doesn't mean it will work for you. Just because your spouse swears by David Allen's Get to Done doesn't mean it will work for you. Side note…none of these worked for me! 

Have you ever tried a new nutrition plan, exercise program or productivity method and it backfired?  Of course. We all try things that don't work for us.  The key is not giving up and continuing to try and figure it out. What worked for you ten years, ten months or ten days ago may not work now.  I ate a certain way for years but have recently been diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease, adrenal issues and a few other things and within 24 hours my current diet was flipped on its head and I had to rethink my strategy. It took me about a week, a thorough consultation with two doctors who specialize in the thyroid and now I'm back on track.  At first I was really upset I would have to change my diet but I gave myself 24 hours to ugly cry about it and then forged ahead. Thankfully, I have a background in nutrition and have been tweaking my diet for almost 20 years.  If it were something I wasn't familiar with, I probably wouldn't have been as successful. It's still hard though and I'll talk about it in an upcoming post.

If you've tried something and failed don't give up. Keep going forward.  Don't continue liking the idea of being healthy and productive, find a way that works for you. It's out there.

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