“For changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent” Tony Robbins
Why is change so difficult? Change is what sparks our resolutions for the new year. But many people find it literally impossible to bring about this phenomenon. This comes from an All or Nothing attitude; expecting change to occur overnight, and not understanding the effort involved with the task at hand. This often leads to failure, disappointment, and reverting back to old behaviors. The key is to start with a plan that outlines practical and specific goals.
It can be overwhelming to change too many undesirable habits at once. Therefore, the key is to set small goals that are realistic and attainable. If you have a hundred pounds to lose; you can’t expect to jump right into a strict diet and exhaustive exercise program. Lofty and impractical goals will set you up for failure. Determine your goals realistically by setting aside time in your current schedule and writing it down on your calendar. Consider your new goals as important as a job deadline and refuse to give in to any excuses. This will put you on the path to success by making positive lifestyle changes that will become new, healthy habits.
So why not set a goal to make one healthy change a month? If you want to improve your health and activity level, you may want to start a walking program 4 to 5 days a week. Research suggest that if you consistency stick with a new behavior, healthy habits can begin to develop within a couple of weeks. Once your walking program becomes a new habit, you could simply add a nutrition goal the following month. Simple steps such as drinking more water or eliminating processed foods are great places to start. Small, attainable goals that can be performed consistently are what will get you lasting results.
“For changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent.” Tony Robbins