As second graders, we had these incredibly fun paper rockets that were taped to the wall to signify our progress in math. Every day, the teacher would move everyone else’s rocket a little closer to the moon at the top of the wall. For some reason, my rocket never moved. I would stare at my rocket all day, silently begging for it to shoot toward the moon by sheer force of will. But it never budged.
And hereʼs why: Because nobody had ever explained to me WHY some rockets moved and others didnʼt. I didnʼt understand that there was a connection between successfully completing my math assignments and satisfying rocket mobility. Somehow, I thought you could move your rocket by WANTING it to move. So I spent all my time staring at my rocket instead of learning my equations, and I never got anywhere…except to a feeling of frustration and failure.
Obviously, this is not a story about my being bad at math (a subject I have yet to master). However, this IS a story about diet and nutrition, and about the trap we have all fallen into at times — believing that we can change our bodies and our lives just by sheer force of concentrated will. Fiercely focused will is not enough. We also need guidance, information, tools, assistance — and we need somebody to help us ﬁnally draw the connection between actions and results.