Exercise isn’t for everybody but you can be the lucky one who actually likes it.
It can be for you! If you have a minute or so each day. Do you?
The benefits of exercise are great…boosted metabolism, energy and mood, weight loss, better posture, injury prevention, burning calories when you've overeaten, pro-aging, and much more.
However, it can be difficult if you aren’t motivated to do it. In fact, when you are not in the groove with it, it may even feel like it's not for you. To get motivated, let me challenge you to take advantage of these 2 elements of habit change secrets…
Big has its purpose; a big vision, the end-game, the master plan, the goal. But little is where it's at when we really want to get things done. Little is where we get started and set ourselves "on track."
If we are on path we will instantly feel a sense of "yes!", moving forward and doing something. In fact, it's well thought out and we know it's working.
We can emulate the people who are most successful at reaching their goals. It starts with small steps. When you were young and learning to read, you had to start with sounding things out and going over the words slowly until you developed the skill to read fast and quietly to yourself.
Now, their are other, bigger outcomes you desire. They're almost like projects you must take on because they can't be flippant about how you go about it if you want to take it seriously. These outcomes you desire are important. These desires change based on your age and stage, right?
You May Have Been on a Yo-Yo When it Comes to Getting What You Want
Diets, trials, trying to adopt new habits or instill good ones in your family all may have been plans with good intentions yet they didn't stick.
Yo-yo-ing in making plans, or following diets, plans or advice is when we kind of try it and go back. A new habit or outcome does not stick. There's a reason for this in our brain. In a nutshell, our deepest, most primitive areas of our brain don't want us to change at all, even if it's for our good.
To get around our resistance to change...we start little!
For the big vision of where you should start planting your flag to get a sense of purpose and direction when choosing your small action steps, you won't want to miss the Live, free goal-setting workshop. It happens virtually and very soon.
How do you start little?
Just commit to the smallest thing.
Why? Because if you haven't been getting what you want and you don't think you are about to take any kind of big plunge, you are better off with small steps to your destination that build on themselves vs doing nothing at all.
Small steps do build on themselves. They open doors actually where you saw none before. That is, you could have only guessed what would happen next but when you take steps and action the right direction, you don't have to guess, you see.
Small new habits essentially announce even in a little way to your deeper brain (the one that doesn't want to change) that "Hey, it's OK" and that's all your deep brain needs to let you go forward without fear which shows up in most people as resistance, excuses, blocks, give-ups and other stuff that causes them to stop all together.
You are also telling the universe really that you are the person who does this thing now, no matter how small your action is, it's the consistency that matters.
Make sure you get started is the key. Start small and don't make it too big, cumbersome or over-stretching. It's kind of like you want to plan on not marrying someone you meet at first sight and committing to them forever but you will commit to a dinner. One small step, that's a good step. When you take it absurdly small, you will do the actions. You want to make it so small that really anybody can do it even on their off day. That's when you are on track.
Your path or end game may include you ramping up your good habits in fitness, food management, relationships, managing your money or managing your stuff or your mess.
Here's some small habit ideas to fit into your day:
These small tasks and activities can be as big as you need but they should be absurdly small too, so you can do them even on your "off" days. What's small for one person is not for someone else, just make it right for you.
Remember it's just about getting in the habit of doing something and making space and time for it so you start taking this new action seriously.
The big vision is still important and can give you some motivation and clarity about where you are going and what you are doing. Join us in goal setting for free.
Which small action can you commit to in getting started?
Big has its purpose; a big vision, the end-game, a master plan, a goal. But little is where it's at when we really want to get things done. Little is where we get started and set ourselves "on track."
If we are on path we will instantly feel a sense of "yes!", moving forward and doing something. In fact, this is the space you are in when you know it has been well thought out and it's working.
We can emulate the people who are most successful at reaching their goals. It starts with small steps
Habits can be anything from bad to good ones, from productive to demoralizing, from healthy to unhealthy.
They can also be big or small, part of a group of habits or all by themselves.
They can seem as complicated as the way you are in relationships to as seemingly simple like how you take care of your things.
One thing is clear, even if you just change one habit, what you do is extraordinary. You create a domino effect that effects lots. In other words, the way you do one thing you do others. So once you get a productive habit in place, it sticks and it effects often more than you realize. This is great for good habits and not so great for bad habits.
So how do you change a habit?
This is a good question because often we can actively try to do something new but it doesn't stick. It never felt like you owned it.
Then you may realize you are repeating the same bad habits in new situations instead of taking action in a productive helpful way. You get the same results, garner the same reactions, even if you change the people, place or situation. Bottom line, you aren't getting the outcomes you'd like.
So, I've gathered a lot of information about habits and I want to share some quick and easy snippets about how you can change a habit, in fact 60 of them.
What can you do with this? Just consider it and also consider joining the Weight Loss Jump-Start group to grow skills and motivation so you grow new, healthier habits that get results.
Here they are, 60 Truths About Habit Change. You must:
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