There are many of us who would like to change some aspect of our lives. It might be to add more spontaneity to your life, new job, be more creative, lose some weight or simply to hit the snooze button less often. Historically when trying to make a positive change in my life, the first few weeks go swimmingly well. Then…..not so much.
Take the time when I decided to lift weights at the local gym. I had a well-constructed plan in place. I would train three times a week, I had the right gear, and I had a routine. For a good three or four weeks I followed my plan to the letter. It felt great.
By week 5 though, I totally fell off the wagon. I had a stressful week at work and there were no visible changes to my body. Add to that I was aching all over and totally fed up of the high testosterone in the weights room. Boom. Just like that, I let my dream of being a well sculpted goddess melt away.
Why do our good intentions fail?
Perhaps it’s obvious to you dear reader, but willpower alone is simply not enough. According to psychological research, willpower is like a muscle. It’s a finite resource that depletes with use. As a result, by the end of a strenuous day, your willpower muscles are exhausted, and you’re left to your naked and defenceless self — with little control to resist old habits.
So, what might you ask is the key to making sustainable change?
What is needed are strategies to make new lifestyle habits that stick. And this is the domain of a Health or Life Coach. You see the coach approach adds the missing ingredient – accountability. When we are emotionally invested in a goal, and we have someone who stretches us that we are accountable to, we are so much more likely to show up, do the work and achieve.
Here’s a little something to get you started.
Establish a morning routine.
In order to create change, it is helpful to create the right mental environment to support the changes you want to make. Create a ritual that you follow every morning that puts you at that peak state of mind each day. Getting into a productive groove might include journaling – writing down all your goals and strategies to solidify your course of action. It might include a cold shower to get the metabolism firing, some meditation or yoga. The point is to create a personal sanctuary away from the distraction of social media or work targets.
Clear out the clutter.
Create the right external environment - Let go of items that you no longer need. A clear environment has been proven to be conducive to a clear mind. Whether it’s selling unwanted items on eBay or never having more than 50 emails in your inbox, you will feel more peaceful and in control in a clutter free environment.
Daily journaling is a very potent and useful habit to cultivate. Use it to write down your goals, plans and insights. This will help you to strategise and solidify your vision and therefore your course of action. Be sure to come back to the journal to ensure that you are on track.
Gratitude journaling is a scientifically proven way to overcome many psychological challenges and its benefits are endless. A few of these include increased happiness, more optimistic, strengthened emotions, increased self-esteem and increased productivity. You could include this as part of your daily journaling or you could speak your gratitude out loud when you’re in the shower or driving to work.
If you want to be among the healthy, happy and productive people, start the habit of regular exercise. Regular exercise has been found to reduce symptoms from stress, anxiety and depression. It’s also related to greater productivity and success. No need to make the mistake that I made and head to the gym – unless that’s your thing. Exercise can consist of gardening, a brisk walk, skipping, dancing, whatever your preference to get your body moving.
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