Resolution 2011: What's holding you back?

The New Year is traditionally a time of reflection and resolution.  Predictably, this often comes in the form of commitments to physical health, such as losing weight or quitting smoking.

While it may seem like these goals are pretty straightforward, they tend to be difficult for most people to stick to.  Ultimately, the same resolution is made and broken year after year.

Why would this be the case?  Doing something that is obviously better for you should be a easy, logical act.  The lungs, naturally preferring to breathe pure, clean air, would gladly give up cigarettes, so what keeps you lighting up?  All of the body's systems run better when given pure, clean food, so how come you're pounding down chips, sodas, and candy?

Ultimately, we are confronted by our multi-dimensional nature.  Somewhere in our body resides our mind.  This internal voice can either be a help or a hindrance; a critic or wise counsel.  We are also faced with our heart and the emotional connections that we have to people, places, things, and actions.  Finally, we consider our spirit, our purpose and our place in the web of life.

A balance exists between our various dimensions and that balance can include unhealthy, maladaptive, or unproductive habits.  Change, even and especially when it's a positive one, disrupts this internal equilibrium much in the way that all family members are affected by the birth of a child or the loss of a loved one.

The process of change therefore demands that we take the proverbial leap of faith.  We cut away the comfortable bonds of our existence, and cast ourselves into the unknown.  Unbound, we are given an opportunity to experience re-create our life anew.

I recently watched the movie "127 Hours" about the mountain climber Aron Ralston who found himself alone and trapped in a remote Utah canyon.  His arm was pinned down by a bounder, he had failed to tell anyone where he was going, and he only had enough food for one day.

After more than five days, he was dehydrated, hungry, and on the verge of death.  He had resigned himself to his fate and had spoken his last words through recordings made on his video camera; he scratched his epitaph onto the wall of the canyon.  On the sixth day, he was struck by a vision.  He saw himself playing with a small boy who would be his son.  He knew then that in order to live he had to break, wrench, tear, and cut himself free.

This year, this day, this moment, what kind of life do you want to live?  What does your boulder look like?  What must you cut away in order to be free?

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Tony is the host of the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast, author of "Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire", and Cofounder of Powerful PT, an innovative information resource for Fitness Professionals. He has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio broadcasts and regularly hosts healthy cooking workshops and informational lectures. He is also a full-time Personal Trainer and Wellness Consultant who lives in Jacksonville Florida with his wife Jamie.
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