"The Dip" for Health

Have you seen Seth Godin’s book, The Dip?

It’s really about marketing, but I try to take concepts from everywhere and apply them to health. 

One of the things he says that we all know is, “It is human nature to quit when it hurts.”  He’s basically saying that if you get past the struggle period, you have an excellent chance of success.

I think you should plan for “The Dip” in your health regimen.  It’s gonna hit you.  Best you plan for it so you know to expect it, and you know it’s just a normal place of progression on your road to health.

So, if you’re planning to be sore, it’s easier to deal with than to have it sneak up on you.  Plan with good supplements, Epsom salt baths, a massage, more sleep, etc.

If you’re planning to be hungry in the evenings, it could be a little easier for you to get past that if you deal with it strategically.  Maybe if you’re eating five small meals each day, you can bunch three of them up in the evenings when you’re most hungry.  (I’ll deal with the subject of “not eating after 6pm” in a different post, but suffice it to say that if you’re eating properly, it shouldn’t be a huge problem.  Worry more about not eatingdonuts at all, rather than about what time of day you actually do get around to eating your broccoli!)

And don’t get bogged down by the “planningto be sore” or “planningto be hungry” or “planningto be tired” verbiage.  I know a lot of people who are trying to maintain a positive mindset - and that’s good - but some will take it so far that they don’t allow themselves to plan realistically.  They’ll tell me, “I’m only planning for success”, or something like that.  I can’t address the whole problem with that kind of hyper-positivity right now, but just know that optimistic planning isn’t derailed by practical considerations.  You’re gonna be hungry from time to time, and every now and then you’re gonna be sore or tired or unmotivated or congested or will drive by Krispy Kreme.  Plan for how to deal with it.

After you get past The Dip, you’ll find that the habits you’ve gained put your health regimen on autopilot.

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