How my friend’s little experiment with water taught me to face my fears.
A few months ago a group of friends and I got together for lunch. One of the women who we hadn’t seen in a while was there looking particularly stunning! Her face was radiating some hue of happy I hadn’t seen on her in a long time, and she had, as they say, a “glow” about her. She must have lost at least 20 pounds, and well, she just looked GOOD (and as for the glow, if you knew our ages, you know that being pregnant was out of the question). :)
After we were seated a while and with the initial small talk and pleasantries aside, I had to ask what she had been up to. She said it was water, pure and simple. She stopped drinking her calories.
It was water, pure and simple.
We all began talking about it, and realized what we really knew all along, that what we drink can be such an easy way to either pack on (or shed OFF) extra pounds. From soda with lunch, to sugary energy drinks, to happy hour beverages, she cut them ALL out.
She said that with her “water, pure and simple” plan (replacing her other drinks with water, AND increasing her daily intake), in about 3 weeks she started seeing noticeable changes in her skin, and realized just how dehydrated she had been before. By the end of the first month she had basically eliminated the migraines she often had that used to stretch multiple days in a row. Now, she rarely has a headache, she feels she is a lot more focussed at work, and of course losing the excess weight was a bonus! All from water!
It’s not the knowing, it’s the doing.
Knowing about the benefits of water is probably not news to you, and it wasn’t to me either. In fact, I’ve even written about it here before. I could Google a ton of articles from the Mayoclinic to the CDC and others, touting the multiple reasons why we should all start drinking more water. But as I think back on this lunch that we had and hearing my friend’s story, I am reminded how it’s funny that sometimes we know what we know, but we just choose not to DO.
So what’s stopping us?
What stops us is FEAR.
It stops us from doing so much in this life, and prevents us from moving forward, even with something as “easy” as drinking more water.
Now before you start calling me looney tunes for suggesting you are too “afraid” to drink your water, think about it. WHY don’t you exercise more? WHY don’t you get more sleep? WHY don’t you confront your co-worker who has hurt your feelings? WHY don’t you stop using your credit cards? The answer on the surface might be because “I’m lazy”, “I’m too busy”, or “It’s just not worth it right now”, but what is really going on is fear. Yes, FEAR.
Often times we’re either afraid of change, of being uncomfortable, of confrontation, or all of the above. We’re afraid of looking silly for eating carrot sticks and broccoli when everyone else is chowing down on hamburgers and french fries. But more often than not, lifestyle changes are hard because they are worth it.
So while maybe you don’t have a literal “fear” of drinking more water, it just might be you have a fear of making a lifestyle change, because THAT is uncomfortable.
YOU are worth it!
At some point you may come to the crossroads between the fear holding you back and the challenge that comes with change. The question comes down to you and your own personal choices. You can continue to use the excuses that have gotten you this far in life, and just wish that you could ____ (fill-in-the-blank…lose 10 pounds, get out of debt, leave an abusive relationship, or get promoted at work, etc). Or, you could actually turn the knowing into the doing, and take action.
Here are some quotes from some pretty successful people, who no doubt have faced their share of failures in life, but who continued moving forward because they didn’t let fear stop them.
John Wooden: “Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be.”
Robert F. Kennedy: “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
Zig Ziglar: “It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.”
And if you are a believer in Jesus like I am, from Deuteronomy 31:6,
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
So go ahead, my friends! Be strong and courageous! Smack that fear in the face, and go out and be more than a KNOWer. Be a DOer.
And don’t forget to drink your water!
YOU are certainly worth it!
Please share this article with someone in your life who could use a little nudge to go smack fear in the face! :)