Have you ever heard that change is hard? It doesn’t sound hard, but damn, if it was easy I’m sure I’d have ripped up abs like Hugh Jackman! So, we can agree that change is tough, but can we also agree that it is absolutely necessary? If you are not happy with some aspect of your life right now, is there any way it will get better without some degree of change? NOPE! Yet some people are able to make these tough changes and a few months later the changes are dramatic. We have all seen the “before and after” photos of weight loss. Many of us are left wanting some of that same transformation but fail to make any changes and therefore nothing changes.
Good habits or bad habits, they make you who you are. Most of the things you do in a day are reduced to habits and most of those you are unaware of! Write down your morning routine, step by step. Most of the time you do exactly the same thing in exactly the same order, that’s the influence of habits. Let’s say that one of your morning routines is to sit on the couch, drink your coffee, and watch a game show. In 10 years will this habit help you, be neutral, or harm you? Sounds neutral to me. Now let’s change it, instead of sitting on the couch, you roll out your yoga mat, and do some stretching while watching the game show. In the same 10 years, will this habit help, be neutral or harm you? I’ll bet that 10 years of stretching every morning will have enormous benefits, like easily putting your socks on!.
Trying to change a bunch of things at the same time can be hellish, and unless you are trying to fit into a wedding outfit next week, why bother. So let’s take the turtle and the hare approach, steady and slow, but relentless and unwavering. Even though you may have goals to lose weight, build muscle, improve your posture, or whatever, the slow and steady approach may not seem like anything is changing. Don’t sweat it! Your real goal should be to change the habits that will transform your life, the goal is actually not that big a deal. So go through the challenges, and print and fill out the HABIT TRACKER as you go. Each day when you complete your task, use a highlighter to track your progress. It seems like a small thing, but you will eventually feel quite rewarded for checking a job well done. As you progress use a different colour for each challenge.
We often get excited when we begin a new exercise or nutrition plan. We anticipate big results, and feel let down when 6 minutes in we see no noticeable changes! Don’t expect to see rapid changes, in reality, our goal is to change our behaviour, everything else is a bonus. If you want to run a marathon, you must become a person who runs (and trains for) marathons. Are you ready to make some changes? Here it is, I challenge you! I challenge you to commit to making small, simple changes that over time will have a ridiculously wonderful effect on your life.
Let’s get to it! Did you print off the HABIT TRACKER? If not, do it now. Did you get a notebook or journal? You will want to keep notes and track your progress. We start with: