At times we all exaggerate.
Often it makes for a ‘better’ story;
The lion was less than a metre away!
He was going AT LEAST 100 mph.
The fish was THIS big.
It was me against 20 men.
It was the hardest thing I have EVER done.
Whilst that's all fun and games, exaggerations can creep into all aspects of our lives, and if we're not careful we may start to take our own elaborate stories as truths…
The mildly challenging gym class that was "the hardest workout of my life" suddenly is seen as a hugely demanding venture that is intimidating to attend.
The healthy meals that we "slaved over for hours", suddenly are less likely to happen in future.
Essentially, when we take our exaggerations too literally, it can bear a huge impact on our subsequent choices.
Sometimes, it seems we feel the need to exaggerate our ventures in order to feel proud of them. I say nonsense - find pride in the truth of your efforts no matter what shape/form/size they came in.
Because by exaggerating our achievements (and by default often exaggerating the process of getting it done), we may start to believe that puffed up version to be true.
If I over-egg how much it took for me to tidy the house (because I want the achievement and associated praise to feel even greater), next time I may assume that the reality of that process is the story rather than the truth.
Because the truth is, I only need 30 minutes for a decent workout, the "HUGE" house tidy probably only took me 20 minutes and cleaning my juicer does NOT require the extensive operation I have built up in my head.
The dog walk that seems soooo laborious here in Ankara (because I have to drive out of the city), is in fact just a 15 minute trip away.
Checking-in with friends doesn't have to take hours of my day.
I could go on but I hope you get the picture.
If we make things bigger in our heads than they are in reality, our path and our journey towards them is made that much longer, harder and with more obstacles in the way.
So, when it comes to habits that we want to see happening consistently we need to simplify our thoughts about them.
We need to get real and be fully aware of the truth of those quests.
I did this, for example, yesterday morning;
Since having had Max I have pretty much given up on making veggie juices in the week - green smoothies have become my 'go-to'. In my head the process was too time consuming for when I'm flying solo. Yet a chat with my best bud revealed daily juices are still the norm in their household... her daughter is a few months older than Max, her husband is away a lot and she's pregnant with number two. So Georgina Louise, time for a reality check!
So I challenged my perception and actually TIMED how long it took me to clean the juicer.
Yet my head had made 4 minutes seem like a lifetime!
This type of explorative exercise is what we need to start challenging the stories either we, or others, have led us to believe about certain things.
Exercise does NOT have to be flashy or require HUGE energy inputs.
Healthy food does NOT take more time or cost the world.
Challenge your beliefs, explore the reality and collect new evidence as to whether your stories are true.
Perhaps there's a truer version that makes the habits you want to see in your world far easier and more enticing to pursue.
What's one story that you could challenge? Let me know in the comments below!
So much love,
P.S. The lion really WAS that close! … almost ;-)