Much can be said about expectations and their role in your behavior. In the context of health and well-being, it can help you to have expectations but only when they are realistic. If they are unreasonable, you are likely to be misguided or face a bitter reality check that frustrates or completely demoralizes you.
If your goal is…
- lowering your blood sugar levels,
- weight loss,
- reversing Type 2 diabetes,
- improving your blood profile,
or anything in regards to strengthening your well-being, it is imperative to have reasonable expectations. It is wise not to bite off more than you can chew.1. What is your goal? First, it begins with your goal. What would you like to achieve? It is a sound plan to treat your Type 2 diabetes and lose weight. Adding a few more objectives or metrics, however, would likely make your intentions unreasonable. Trying too much at once contains too high a risk of failure, and you are much better off keeping your chances of success as high as possible.
Focus on one task at a time.
2. How long do you think it will take you? What is your expected time frame? It depends on your situation, so it does not make sense to make any suggestions. It could be as little as three months to a few years. But that is because we are talking about the process, and not just the goals you are aiming to reach.
Do not worry about how long it will take and do not give yourself any deadlines. Focus on making a bit of progress every day. Otherwise, you risk your expectations becoming unreasonable.
3. What will you do when you stall? You will stall. And you will be tested. What will you do then? It is never easy to make drastic improvements in your health and well-being. There’s always a price to pay. Effort, time, and willpower are essential for success. Ensure you are ready for the moment when nothing you do seems to work. Weeks, where your blood sugar remains the same or even rises, and the weight scale refuses to budge.
Keep on going. Make fine adjustments. Whatever you do, do not quit, because progress is just around the corner.
4. Do you see your changes as temporary? Lastly, do you see all the changes you are making as being temporary? Or are they part of a bigger plan to change your lifestyle forever?
The difference is telling, even if it can seem subtle. If you are implementing changes for your goals and the long term, you are more likely to succeed. Long-term commitments practically guarantee results, because it is a journey.
Making temporary adjustments will distort your expectations and hinder your progress.
A health journey does not start and end with your goals – it lasts for as long as you are living.