A while back I was asked to speak to a seminary class on a topic of my choosing. I can't remember exactly what I talked about but I used an example that I do remember. Now, I am not sure if I thought of this myself or not, so if you have seen it done before, don't think that I am trying to take credit for something I didn't invent. Anyway, I called up on of the students and pulled out a $10 bill and asked him if he wanted it. Of course he said yes. I then said to him that he could have the $10 now or if he waited until the end of class, and sat quietly throughout my lesson that I would give him $1,000. I then pulled $1,000 in cash from my pocket (We were going on vacation the next day, that is the only reason I happened to have that kind of cash). Of course he agreed to wait and of course I reneged on the deal. But the point was that we so often take the $10. We give up what we want most for what we want now.
That applies to many areas in our lives. As it pertains to the subject of this blog, I was thinking last night about all of the choices I make. Not going to the gym because I'm tired, I'll just eat this one more time, etc. I have started to make a list of the things I want most in this area. My desires for weight loss are not cosmetic at this point in my life. I want to be healthy for my children. I want to be a grandpa. I want to be active and be free to do what I want. I want to get on a plane and not have to stress about getting an isle seat so I have room to lap over. I do not want to be a burden on my family or an embarrassment to my kids. So the question I have to ask myself is this; What do I want more? To take my grandkids on a hike or an ice cream? To be able to walk up a flight of stairs without sweating or a burrito?
I have to get out of the mindset that just one more time won't hurt. That has gotten me where I am. I know what I want more, do you?