REPOST FROM August 16, 2013
Ok, so what is your plan?
You have been complaining about not sleeping well.
Your pants are too tight.
You feel sluggish all day long, despite that large coffee you are walking around with, which by-the-way you were hoping would wake you up.
Oh, wait – you don’t have a plan?
I hate to break it to you, but without a plan and the right mindset, change will never happen.
I know, you’re tired and not ready to diet again. Short-term diets don’t work- but healthy lifestyle changes do. Here is what you do:
Eat healthy meals based on vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats and a bit of whole grains.
Move your body most days of the week in a form of exercise you enjoy.
Set short term goals and plan for treat days (don’t call them cheat days).
That is it, seriously. Sounds easy enough, right? The truth is, it is easy and becomes habit if your head is in the right place. This is where your mindset comes in.
Simply put, your MINDSET is the fixed mental attitude which will predetermine your responses and interpretations of any given situation.
What does that mean? That means that your success, your happiness, your health begin in your head.
Are you that person who grumbles through the day feeling the glass is always half empty? Do you post on Facebook at midnight complaining about how you cannot sleep? Or Tweet during the day about how things never go your way? This stems from mindset, not personality as some would venture to say.
How do you change? I won’t say it’s a one-and-done simple thing – it’s daily habits. But it can be done. Here is a great way to start:
- Wake up and find 3 things to be grateful for today. Sit for a moment with your calendar/to-do-list/whatever you use to plan your day and look at your day. Take a few minutes to envision your day running exactly how you want. Do you want to know a secret of the truly successful people? The most successful people do not view bumps in the road or roadblocks as “problems”, they view them as just another part of the day. Not negatively. Stuff happens. Life goes on.
If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
- Set an intention each day. It could be simple, like aiming to be compassionate all day. Or, to commit to sitting with a problem for 10 minutes before making a decision. By doing so, you are making that decision with thought, not just reacting to a situation. In other words, by living a more mindful life, not a quick knee-jerk-reactive one, you can reside in a place of positive action, not moaning and groaning.
“The act of speaking our intentions aloud shifts them from wishful thinking into action.”
― Michael Thomas Sunnarborg, 21 Days to Better Balance: Find More Balance in a Busy World
The truth is, whether it is healthy lifestyle changes or being more successful in your career, your life is what you make of it – daily habits build up. The most important habit is those little words that speak in your head, if they constantly say things like “I can’t do this”, “I feel crappy”, “This will never work”, then you have created those things in your life. Don’t wait until Monday to begin – do it today. Grab your coffee, sit for a few minutes and create the healthy & good life you want. I can’t wait to hear what you are up to!!!
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In health & wellness,