So, did your motivation to be become Younger Next Year fade when 2011 ended? Not unlike my motivation to blog more regularly – I apologize for that, but won’t “should” on myself. And, have your New Year’s resolutions to try again to be Younger Next Year been long forgotten? Do you think you are the only one who fails to follow through on commitments to “get moving” and “get fit”? Well, you are not – all the people who have read this blog and all the people who are (or should be) involved in “Let’s Move, York” have failed at times to follow Harry’s Rules. The only difference between those who succeed and those who fail is that those who fail JUST SAY YES - just as Chris exhorts us to do in Chapter 19, “Connect and Commit”. Those, who eventually succeed, fail to follow Harry’s Rules equally as often as those who succeed – they just refuse to “should on themselves” as often as those who fail. When that little guy in their head says they don’t have the guts to try again, they answer with a resounding “YES, I DO!”
Chris calls this attitude the “default-to-yes” mode. Think about how often we reflexly choose to say NO – like I did the other day. John had asked me to go out for a run with him. It was the last thing I had on my “to-do” list for that day and my initial reaction was even one of annoyance that he put me in the position of having to consider it. Then, I remembered my lecturing him earlier in the day about needing to JUST SAY YES more often and looked in the mirror at my own behavior. Got my running gear on and headed out the door with him. Know what? I ended up going more miles than I had grudgingly said I would do. And, I felt great! And decided that Harry and Chris should have subtitled Younger Next Year, JUST SAY YES!
After all, if we JUST SAY YES to every one of Harry’s Rules more often than we say no, we will all be younger next year. If we persist in saying “no” we will most certainly be older functionally, as well as chronologically, next year. Now, that we’ve covered all the rules, we just need to help each other stay with the program. Harry and Chris never said it would be easy – and its NOT. That’s where “Let’s Move,York” comes in. There’s a much better chance of success if we pick each other up when we fall and if we challenge each other to JUST SAY YES when the NO word rolls off our tongues. In the next phase of “Let’s Move, York” and in the coming months, we will be sharing the stories of fellow York countians who have chosen to JUST SAY YES more often than not – and who are happy to tell us about their journey to becoming “younger next year”. I think we’ll find out that they are just like us – not super jocks or even super humans – just people whose vocabularies have more YES words than NOs.