As we start to get hints of spring here in Australia, we’re often reminded of those resolutions we made in January to be healthier. In fact, every day people set out in different areas of their lives to achieve or change something so that they become a better version of themselves. In the beginning they are motivated, excited and looking forward to change. Over time, often days (unfortunately), usually weeks or months, the motivation fades, obstacles become the norm and suddenly you are back to where you were… the beginning.
The good news is… no you are not at the beginning or back to where you started. It might feel that way, like you have failed, but that isn’t the case! Remember there is no failure only FEEDBACK! You are one step closer to achieving your goal, you just need to shake your self off, reset your path and try again. Einstein got it right a long time ago – in fact I suspect, he got most things right – “You never fail until you stop trying.”
Here are two strategies I recommend to help you head down that path to a happy and healthier version of yourself.
1) Believe it is possible!
For example, if your goal is to shed weight, however you do not truly believe that you can or will shed the weight, you are sabotaging your outcomes. You need to believe it is possible. You need to be able to truly see your self at your new weight. What does it look like? What does it sound like? How does it feel? Really feel the feelings of having exactly what you want. Have that picture of the new you in your mind, check in with that picture regularly and believe!
2) Decide what motivates you most
Is it moving away from the old, unhappy, not so healthy you and all that baggage you carry? Or is it becoming the new healthy version of yourself and how good you look, how much lighter and brighter you feel etc. For some people moving away motivates them more than moving to. There is no right or wrong, just work out which resonates with you most, and go for it!
When you implement change, there often isn’t a straight line from start to success. No matter where it takes you though, you’re constantly learning and growing on that journey. So remember that even if you don’t get there the way or as fast as you initially wanted to, it’s never a failure.
Be Happy & Healthy!