You would like to eat healthy all year around. But after a week or so you fall back into old habits. You start eating sandwiches because it is easy and you stop buying vegetables. You feel lazy but dont have the motivation to get started with the healthy cooking again..
You know what? It is possible to change, I promise you. But you need to stop, take a step back and ask yourself a few questions, think about it and be honest with yourself.
– Why do I want to eat healthy/ workout/ meditate (whatever you want to do)?
I used to have these ongoing conversations with myself and left me feeling like it was something wrong with me. That something was missing something, either will-power or just some powerful strength that I didn’t have, or did at least not have access to.
It doesn’t matter if we talking about creating a gym routine that lasts longer than two weeks, or making a commitment to eating healthy and ending up eating pizza three days later, or deciding to study throughout your course and then ending up binge studying three days before your exam.
We are lazy and usually we don’t want to do more than we have to. Hence, we take shortcuts and don’t have to make that huge effort right now – we procrastinate and postpone our consistent action, until we are forced to do so.
But how can you change this and take consistent action to hit your goals and make your dreams come true?
1. Have a strong why
Add as much value as possible by looking at the benefits of taking consistent actions to reach your goal. For example, if want to meditate five minutes a day. Why? Which are the benefits of this? To make it more clear, have a look at your current situation. What is missing and what can a daily meditation practise contribute with? Additionally, don’t underestimate the feeling. How can this practise make you feel better? Describe these emotions as good as you can, that really adds value.
2. Clarity – the key for consistent action taking
Be as specific as possible here. Describe what you want to do and how. What you need to do in order to do that. Describe frequency and what exactly you expect from yourself.
3. Set yourself up for success by an inspiring start
By creating a good start, you will set the intention for a nice day! A day where you do things that supports your personal growth. Start slow and easy. Let your first fifteen minutes be the time when you take care of yourself, I can either be drinking a glas lemon water, going for a walk, writing down five things you are grateful or to simply allow yourself to write for bit.
4. Let your plan guide you rather than you emotions
Decide beforehand what you are going to do and eliminate the need of your emotional guidance. For example if you have decided to bring lunch to work four times a week. Don’t fall into the trap of joining your colleagues when you feel stressed out and out of control.
5. Focus on the value, rather than what you depriving yourself from
This is all about being present and appreciating your now, no matter what it looks like. Look at the benefits of doing this. Make it fun and allow yourself to enjoy the journey. Because as you create consistency, it will get easier.