Trying to get someone else to stick to a diet is like trying to get someone to quit smoking. If that person does not have the desire and self-discipline to do what needs to be done, all the prompting, encouraging, example-setting you do, won't make a bit of difference.
Each of us had to have that AHA! moment when we choose to take control of our health. We might need some guidance or assistance to make better choices - but the final choice remains ours. Just like I can't make my husband use less salt (high blood pressure), he can't make me give up my favorite dessert - only I can do that.
Sometimes our motivation is high, other times we make the wrong choices - but it is up to the individual to make the right decisions.
So, the next time someone asks you to motivate them, tell them the only one who can truly motivate a person is him or herself.
- 8/18/2012 2:13:03 PM