You know you should exercise more, right? You know that you should eat better, right? You know you know this… but sometimes, o.k., most of the time it is hard to change. Why do we resist change so much.
Well, for me, it is as simple as one thing… my comfort zone. I don’t want to change because it HURTS!!!! Physically and mentally.
According to Amy Brooks, L.P.T.A., A.T.R.-B.C., Licensed Behaviorist at the Baptist Nutrition Center, “Making healthy changes is hard work, and many people struggle with turning their good intentions into actions.” (Quoted from the Baptist Health Systems Healthsourse newsletter)
So, here are my tips to making healthy changes happen: (BTW- you can apply these to LOTS of different goals)
1. Get educated- the more you know… the easier it will be. Follow this blog for healthy tips, tricks and maybe something funny about weight loss and change.. Cut through all the clutter that is out there. Even if you don’t regularly read this, there is a lot of good info available right at your fingertips.
2. Join a team- By this, I don’t mean that you have to play flag football. I mean, get some folks around you that have similar goals—- or at the very least want to stay healthy. These may be people you already know or they may be new friends… just start working on it WITH someone else.
3. Keep a journal- especially a food journal. I talk to people time and time again that say… “I NEVER knew how much I was eating”… and this is true.
4. Take baby steps- it is impossible to run a marathon the first day out there training… but if you work hard… walk– then run… you can train for it in less than a year. Break your goals into small bite-size pieces!!
“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”- Jim Rohn
Here it is… February 25. The gym is all cleared out. Nobody’s there.
Why do you think that so many people fail when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions? Well, as it turns out, I have a theory.
It’s because they set a goal. WAIT!!! WHAT?!?! They set a goal. Yep, that’s what I said.
See, what happens is that they say, “I want to lose 30 lbs by April 1st.” Nice goal. It’s just how “they” teach you to do it. It’s QUANTIFIABLE. It’s got a date attached. The goal setter may have even written it down and put it on the mirror in the bathroom. (And BTW- realistically, this may be EXACTLY what some people need to “Lose 30 lbs by April 1st”). But, here comes the problem… it has an END date.
SO, what happens after April Fool’s Day? Well, you can relax… after all, the goal was reached. Now we can go back to living like we were living before the goal was set.
I propose that we put SYSTEMS in place instead of goals. Successful people don’t “go on a diet”. Successful people CHANGE. They change permanently. They decide that they are going to only eat steak once a month. They decide that they are going to go to the gym for a one hour work-out 4 days a week. They start getting up early so they can get a head start on the day. They make these small changes… changes in their SYSTEM of life, and that is how they reach their goals.
Now, you may say at this point… I know I did… “Wait a second!! I can’t change my whole life all at once and do it FOREVER!” You would be right. That is why you make your systematic change- ONE DAY AT A TIME.
My friend (not really my friend, but I feel like I know him ’cause I read his stuff so much) Rory Vaden says that “Success is never owned, it is only rented, and the rent is due every day.” True. The point is that in order to get what you want (anything you want), you have to do the little things each day to make it happen. You don’t have to commit for the rest of your life to not eat pepperoni pizza. Man… if I had to promise that for the rest of my life, well- it wouldn’t be good. I wouldn’t make it because I would feel so overwhelmed. (Just so you know… I reserve the right to eat a large peperoni pizza and a pitcher of beer at anytime).
I think that the best way to think of it is how they think about it in AA- Just today, I can do this. Just today, I can eat a salad for lunch. Just today, I can prospect in my business for two hours. Just today, I can make a deposit of success in my marriage.
If you put together enough JUST TODAYS- then the system will be in place and the change can be made.
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.