There is no “quick fix” that I know of for transforming your life and taking back your health, especially if you have been suffering with chronic symptoms for a while. Building a lasting commitment to your diet, sleep, fitness and nutrition is all about being able to make healthier choices each and every day, not for just a few weeks at a time or when it’s convenient.
If you or someone you know has suffered from an illness for a long time, you know exactly how tough the battle to take back and keep your health can be. You have to be ready to commit to a long-term and intimate relationship with every nuance of your whole self while deep healing and transformation takes place from the inside out.
Get Intent on Success
What does the word commitment mean? Most people would say it involves a strong sense of intention and focus. I would also add that it includes having a clear statement of purpose AND an executable plan of action. You can’t just have your eye on the outcomes and expect to succeed, you have to be committed to the entire process, start to finish.
All too often, people commit only to the final outcome (I lost 20 lbs) and when they get there, they lose sight of all the hard work they did. Then like all things in life, inertia sets in and old habits take hold again. Sadly, then we get depressed and blame others, the process, or ourselves when we revert back to old habits and gain the weight right back.
Here is a list of words used to describe the process of doing a new healthy action, ranked from the strongest commitment strength to the weakest. What kind of language do you use to talk about your wellness vision, goals or the process of making healthy changes in your life?
Do any of the words and phrases below resonate?
Replacing old habits with new healthy behaviors takes time and commitment and a lot of hard work. Remember that no one is perfect and seldom do we accomplish changing ourselves on the very first try.
Don’t be too hard on yourself when you experience occasional setbacks; it’s absolutely normal and okay to hit a few minor speed bumps along your wellness journey. Make a firm resolve to learn from your challenges and get right back on track to achieving your goals.
Here are some of my favorite tips that will help you make and keep personal commitments around your health vision and behavior goals:
Making healthy lifestyle changes is challenging no doubt about it. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it and we wouldn’t see so much chronic disease lurking around every household. But if you talk with anyone who’s done IT and really turned his or her health around (and the stories are out there!) they will always tell you… it’s worth it.
Are You Ready to Create Your Wellness Vision?
So if you’ve mulled over changing your life and had a few false starts… now is the time to go after your vision and make it happen. You need to see yourself being transformed into a new person, from what you look like to how you feel.
Don’t dream about things that are nebulous and out of your reach.
Tell me, what is your wellness vision? Can you paint me a picture in words of who you want to be and how you want to feel? I really want to see you design your healthy life and so I’ll hold the door open for you!
Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.
If you are serious about changing around your life AND getting your health back, one of my wellness coaching programs could be just the thing you need. Find out how you can work with me to transform your life.
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