Most people have a tipping point when they realize a health habit is no longer serving them and a change is needed. Prior to taking the plunge to change the habit, it can be helpful to think of why you are wanting to change. That is, what are you trying to achieve, how will you be different if you make the change and what will be different about your health and overall wellbeing ?
If you know the reasons why you are trying to achieve something, it can help to keep you focused and on track. It’s often too easy when you reach a stumbling block in any change in habit, to lose faith that you can continue. Knowing your why’s can give you that extra bit of motivation and focus to keep going and not let the stumbling blocks (which are bound to happen!) stop you from progressing further.
Following these steps can help keep your on track:
1. Visualise yourself when you have achieved your goal.
- What will be different about my life?
- How will I feel and think differently?
- What will be different in regards to my health?
- How will my relationships be different?
- What will the change in habit allow me to do that I am unable to do now?
2. Write down what you visualise.
3. Place that information in a place that you can see it and have easy access to it, such as on your fridge, in your bedroom, in your car… That way it will be fresh in your mind and can help keep on track and focused on why you are changing your habits.
4. Make it a part of your daily routine to look at your list. For example, you could check your list of why’s each morning just before breakfast. That way it’ll provide some focus and motivation for the rest of the day!
5. Keep adding to the list if you think of other reasons of why you want to change.
6. Lastly, identify what can you start to implement in your life right now, rather than waiting until you’ve reached your goal. When changing a health habit, many people put off their dreams and goals until they’ve reached the goal. For example, a person might want to start exercise once they’ve completely given up smoking. However, exercising now can give that extra sense of achievement and confidence needed to keep working towards the goal.
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