Recently a fellow enthusiast asked me this question:
“From what I read and understand, change/resolutions, etc., come from changing habits. How does one really do that?? If I want to exercise more, eat healthier things, what habit am I forming and HOW?”
Here is my answer:
Changing our habits is not easy. Our mind gets comfortable acting in a certain way and when we change the routine, our minds will often resist. I do not know your unique situation. However, here are some general tips:
- Focus on the results. For any goal you have ask yourself “What is the purpose of reaching this goal?” write that down and read it frequently. It will keep you motivated and focused.
- Make it a must. We typically do not do what we feel like we “should” do. However, we almost always do what we feel we “”must.” For example, if we say, “I should start running.” We probably will not. However, if we “must” run somewhere to save the life of someone we love, we will find a way to do it.
- Visualize your goals. Getting a clear picture of your goals in your mind or even an actual picture you will see every day will keep you motivated and focused. I am doing a live event in Lexington, KY. on January 19, specifically covering this topic.
This is a quick answer, but hopefully it will help get you started. Here is the link to the podcast of the radio show “Hope Is Here” hosted by Greg Horn. I was his guest on January 1-5. We discussed goal getting and overcoming discouragement. Listen to the show this week. The clips are only about 15 minutes each. If you have further questions please let me know. I can even do a free coaching call with you if you would like to dig deeper into changing your habits. Thanks for the question.
Keep in mind that your brain makes neurological connections in the process of establishing habits. When you change your habits you are literally changing brain connections. Your brain will often fight those changes. However, when those new connections are complete then your new habits become easier. When the new connections become strong enough the new habits become more routine.
Also, any kind of accountability will help. Make changes with a group of people or at least with one other individual. Get a mentor that is already doing those things you want to start doing. Hire a coach to help you work those changes more quickly than you otherwise would have.
If you have any questions you would like my perspective on please put them in the comments.
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