So, I have been thinking about why we sometimes struggle with sticking with a healthy lifestyle or any important life mission, for that mater.
One key factor in struggle is trying to “go-it-alone.” The Beatles said it best: I get by with a little help from my friends…gonna try with a little help from my friends. My Mom used to tell me when I was a kid that “birds of a feather flock together.”
We all need support and encouragement, and good examples. Seeking out people who are after the same thing you are and interacting with them is a sure way to effortlessly move in the right direction.
This is true in all areas of your life from fitness goals, to work ethic on the job, to saving money, to holding your moral values in check.
Have you ever had a job where everyone you work with complains all day about the boss and the work they have to do? It’s not long before you might find yourself thinking the same thing. You started the job with a positive attitude and you personally don’t have any issues with management, but the fact that everyone around you is complaining will leave you a little drained and negative at the end of the day.
This same thing can work in reverse. Churches have known this for centuries. They bring like-minded people together to encourage them to maintain their religious ideals. Seeing others uphold their values encourages people to do the same.
On the flip side of the coin, street gangs create exclusivity and encourage their members to stick together. This creates a homogeneous group of thugs. They have an image to maintain and the behaviour of one person affects the image of the group.
So, it should be no surprise that meeting your personal goals can be much easier when you have a peer group with a similar goal. In fact, you might even find yourself exceeding your original goal if you have a community of like-minded people all working along toward their own related goal.
Friends who are actively following the primal blueprint can encourage you by:
- being examples of success,
- recognizing your efforts (and sacrifices,)
- giving you ideas,
- sharing recipes,
- recommending websites,
- sharing stuggles and needing your encouragement,
- bringing paleo/primal friendly food to gatherings,
- not distracting you or tempting you with foods from the SAD,
- giving you someone to walk with or get out in the sun with,
- having someone to set an example for – you know they’ll know if you cheat!
- making you laugh… and we all know how important that can be!
You can do it! You know you can, and so do we.
I am looking for a group of people to share my primal journey with, and I think since you’ve read this post that you are one of them. Can you help me along my way? Just making a comment or suggestion on this blog post, or any one that strikes your interest. Together we can give each other a bit of encouragement and be better than we ever would be on our own. Weight Watchers does it, book clubs do it. We can do it too!
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