Feasibility is defined as “ capable of being done, effected, or accomplished” by Dictionary.com. Feasibility is one of the most important aspects of making something work when implementing it into your life.
If I told you that you had to come up with $1 million by next month most everyone would fail, including myself. It is certainly possible to make a million dollars in a week. In fact tons of people from all walks of life have proved this, but for most people it is just an incredibly crazy goal to aim for in such a short time.
Having never done this before or even gotten to close to producing results like this you wouldn’t even bother shooting for it. Some of you however may shoot for this and actually reach it and that is great, but for most people it is not feasible.
On the other hand people try and incorporate their diet like this. Some people try and go from eating out nearly every meal to cutting it out entirely. Many people face time constraints in life because they are trying to do so much and fitting in cooking is a difficult task to squeeze in when the temptation of just grabbing something on the way home is still an option.
When people try and go cold turkey on something that they have developed as a habit of doing they often fail and/or give up. There are definitely some people who could pull of the task, but it requires an immense amount of self discipline and time scheduling in order to do so. Yet, people will try to go cold turkey and go all healthy in one big step.
Just like the million dollar example, it is not worth even trying for most people and the reason is because it is not feasible. So many people try and get into a healthy lifestyle so quickly and I really love the effort, but I can often times tell that it is going to be very short lived. People are creatures of habit and radically changing a habit overnight is often times not a good goal to set.
While I do recommend forming healthy habits as soon as possible I also realize that it needs to be done gradually. If not there is a strong chance of failure which leads to discouragement because the person set the bar too high.
Instead of going from eating out every meal to eating only at home, try and cut it down slowly. Maybe 1 meal a day at home such as breakfast to start. Get that mastered for a week or two and then cut it out. Also while eating out you can make healthier choices. Get rid of the sauces, avoid deep fried foods, and other things like that can make a huge difference while still eating out.
Eating out isn’t inherently bad and in fact I eat out about 4–8 meals a week. Eating out is more of a social activity for me and I absolutely love trying new food and most often times I will pick the healthiest option I can. For me it is not feasible to eat every meal at home though. I love the food I make, but I am constantly on the move during the weekends and rarely near my apartment.
It is important to find out what works for you. You don’t have to go to any extreme, small changes in the right direction can really add up over time. Also it is good to remember that one bad meal certainly won’t kill you. I personally love sweets and I have a dessert about once every 1–2 weeks. What I have learned is that if I go without sweets for extended periods of time I will overindulge one day (to an extreme point). For example eating a whole large pizza and cookie pizza from Pizza Hut have came at the end of some of those extended periods, so for me moderation and feasibility is extremely important.
The same thing applies for working out. If you never workout and you try to jump into it at 6 days a week you are probably going to quit pretty soon after. Not only that, but you will likely injure yourself if you are making that big of a change so quick.
This principle holds true for nearly everything in life, not just health. Anytime you are trying to develop a habit you need to make sure that you are holding yourself accountable and not only that, but also that you are keeping your expectations feasible. Holding yourself to standards that aren’t feasible can cause failure and frustration very quickly and even worse, it can keep you from pushing yourself to new horizons in the future.
Making quick and large changes is great if they can work with your lifestyle, but for the most part they usually don’t. Take your time and the results will come and they will stay!
Hacking Health, Anthony Messina