what diets & netflix have in common


I have a very short attention span. This makes completing nearly any task a scatterbrained marathon. The average meal plan I create goes something like this: Complete 1/4 of the plan, read, write the blog post from the day, 1/2 more, go to the gym, make dinner, then complete the plan late at night while simultaneously playing an anonymous person across the world in online chess. It is something I DEFINITELY need to work on. Don't get me wrong, it may sound like the plan may be completed in 3 different thought processes, but it actually requires me to proofread each plan an average of 3 times before sending it out. Yet, I admit, it is completely inefficient.

Diets are maybe a slightly more relatable topic. I can choose to start a diet on any given day. In fact, we all can and probably have. But why is maintaining this process such a struggle? Over time, I have realized that the single most important factor for a diet to be successful is the amount of time and willpower invested into it.

At this point, I'm sure you're wondering where I'm going to tie this into the Netflix example....well here you go.

Admittedly, I am not a huge fan of Netflix due to the fact I've recently stated. I have a very short attention span. I can honestly say that there has been maybe 4 television series that I have completed entirely or at least stayed up to date with: Breaking Bad, Lost, Shameless and Strangers Things.

Every other attempted series has been a vicious cycle of:

1) This looks interesting.

2) Okay this is promising.

3) Where are they going with this?

4) Disinterest.

5) I missed the last 10 minutes of the show because I was daydreaming

6) I refuse to rewatch the part I missed.

7) Moving on to the next series.

8) Repeat Cycle 

The 4 shows that I have completed all have something in common. I made a conscious effort to pay attention. (It was easy because the shows were actually interesting to me.) I was invested in the show, the characters, the plot, the camera angles (Breaking Bad)....everything.

Now I'm not going to make a blanket statement that everyone needs to be completely stimulated in a diet in order for it to work, but you have to be invested. For me, the revelation typically happens around Day 10. After 10 days of resisting any additional calories over my diet, I'm committed. I don't want to ruin my streak of perfection.

So the next time you see yourself falling off the dietary wagon, ask yourself, "Am I really committed to this diet?" "What have I invested into it thus far?" If you find that you may be sneaking in additional snacks here and there or avoiding to be honest with yourself, you're not committed to sticking with the diet.


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