Simple changes to your daily lifestyle can help lead you to a healthier life. However, implementing changes to your daily lifestyle is a process that takes time, dedication, and commitment. Thinking about making changes is easy, but actually planning the changes out and executing can often be hard.
The changes that you decide to start implementing do not have to be big changes, actually starting with small changes that can be goal driven, are easier to accomplish and help motivate you in the right direction.
When making small or big changes to your lifestyle being surrounded by family and friends who can encourage you and motivate you is key. Yes, you are the only person who can actually implement the changes, but having key people around you who know your goals, will only help you have accountability and motivation to get to the finish line.
When making changes, you are your worst enemy. When you decide to start something new, you have to realize that you can change your life, if you change your mind-set. Our minds are often the thing that keeps us from accomplishing all that we want to, because we tell ourselves that WE CAN’T DO IT.
Pay attention to the things you speak about yourself. Are you motivating yourself towards the changes? Do you make excuses? Do you do a lot of negative self-talk?
Giving yourself space to journal or self-reflect often helps boost your self-esteem and helps you realize that you can actually accomplish your goals, even if it is small steps at a time.
Don’t go in with a mindset that you have to accomplish BIG goals at a fast rate. Giving yourself unrealistic goals/expectations, only sets you up to not be motivated when you don’t hit a goal.
Setting attainable goals, both short-term and long-term, gives you the opportunity to get vision for where you are and where you would like to be in the future.
Start with daily goals that you would like to accomplish and slowly moving to weekly and monthly goals. Whether your goals are to cook healthier for your family every day, work out 10 minutes a day, or master a new hobby, give yourself something to work towards at a speed that is realistic for you
Consistency is needed when you are working on making changes to your
daily lifestyle. Working towards your goals every day, even when you do not feel like it, keeps you on track with your plan. There will be days that are easier than others, but on the hard days is when your support system is extremely important.