Have you ever known someone to change something about their life? Maybe a job, breaking an addiction, losing weight, moving to a new state, ect.
Most of the time changes are hard. Sometimes they are easy. And every time it looks and seems easier to the person watching than to the person doing.
When you are trying to make a change it may feel like an uphill battle that just continues to grow. Seemingly a never ending road to make it to your goal. Sweating, feeling beat up, and doing everything you can do to continue to put one foot in front of the other.
While, that same road to another person looks like you are going down the hill in a beautiful sports car with the breeze lightly blowing through your hair and a gentle and flawless ease to your movements.
We all wish making changes felt like what it looks like. But it’s not, it needs to be hard. Changing will always be challenging. The challenge helps give you the tools to overcome any other obstacles that get in your way. It helps give you the confidence to keep going.
The good news is, you can make those changes slightly easier to handle.
The way to do that?
Change your lifestyle.
If you are trying to change, but you are consistently trying to fight through it, you will always be tired and it will be harder to win.
When you have to move to a new state. You make the decision. Pack your things. And go.
This way you fully change your lifestyle. You are all in.
Now if you were to move to a different state, but only pack your tooth brush. It would make life real difficult to get ready for work in the morning. You would get up, brush your teeth, then drive across state lines to get dressed, only to drive back across state lines to go to work.
That doesn’t make much sense. You have to fully change your lifestyle. Go all in.
To make any other change easier. You have to do the same.
Want to eat healthier? Add good foods to your shopping cart and leave the junk food on the shelves. If you don’t have high sugar foods at home, you won’t be able to eat them.
Make the decision to do something. Do it. And don’t look back. Every time you look back it will be harder for you to keep moving forward.
Consistency For Healthy Lifestyle Changes
Every decision you make ask yourself if it lines up with your goals.
Start with one small thing you know you can do, every day. Do that thing for a week, consistently. Then do it another week. Then again. That consistency is the key to getting what you want. Keep doing it and it will become part of your lifestyle.
Slowly add to it. Either more of the same or something completely different but still puts you on track to reaching your goals.
You have to want it. You have to put in the work. The consistency of One step forward and Two steps back, is not changing your lifestyle – it’s fighting the change.
There will be times that falling back happens, but your lifestyle doesn’t have to revert to your old lifestyle just because it does.
And the question about a decision lining up with your goals, the answer doesn’t have to be yes every time. Life is about balance. Being aware of that will still keep you on track. But you cannot continue to make choices that line up with your previous lifestyle and expect the new one, the better one, to still come about.
You have to practice the change to make the change. And it is hard work. But it won’t last forever. It will get easier when you stop fighting the lifestyle change and just live it. Dive in and don’t look back.