Lifestyle ChangeOctober 24th, 2013 by David
We all want to be healthier – some of us want to be slimmer, others want to be fitter or more energised. There are a number of incentives to start looking after your body better; what are yours?
It is important to establish your personal motivations for changing your lifestyle. Any attempts to change your habits for somebody else are likely to be unsustainable, for example if you are losing weight to please a partner, or improving your diet because your mother has been urging you to.
In order to establish your priorities and to get motivated to make some changes ask yourself the following:
- What are my strengths and weaknesses?
- What are my personal goals? Who do I want to be?
- Who inspires me and why?
- What is missing from my life?
- If my health motivation is to improve my appearance, what do I wish to achieve from that?
- What has stopped me from reaching my lifestyle goals before? How will I overcome this now?
- Where am I currently going wrong? And what are the consequences of these actions?
- When it becomes tempting to stray off track, what am I going to say to myself to regain focus on my goals?
- Am I happy now? If not, why?
The above questions are designed to evoke thought processes that you may not otherwise explore. Answering them at depth will help to hone in on the areas in your life that truly matter and the reasons for it. The purpose of this exercise is to encourage success right from the beginning: if you want something enough you will make it happen. In order to want something enough you need to know how it can make you happy, and how it can turn your life around for the better.
Once you know why you are making certain lifestyle changes you can then break down your ultimate goal into ‘mini goals’ – steps forward which you can work toward gradually. The human brain responds far more efficiently to making changes slowly and steadily, whilst at the same time remaining focused on the end goal.