We’ve all been at that place where we say, “ Tomorrow I am going to… start yoga, drink a green juice, run 5 miles…” and tomorrow comes and we already break our commitment to ourselves to live a healthier life.
Or we may stick to our goals and for a couple weeks or so-- juicing celery every morning instead of roasting coffee and eating zoodles over noodles but then things start slipping and before you know it it's coffee in the morning with a muffin and pasta for dinner.
First off I want you to know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Its almost inevitable that old habits will start creeping back in but there are ways that you can make sure that those habits don't start taking over your life again. There is a way for you to succeed, you just need to implement these 5 things so that you can stick to your commitments!
So are are my 5 ways to stick to your health commitments
Shift your identity--> Many of us will try and switch up our diet, run a marathon, go to the gym everyday and do all these EXTERNAL things to change our health but in reality all those external things will never matter if you don’t change your INTERNAL dialogue. Our brains like to stay congruent to who we believe we are. So if you believe that you are fat, lazy, and sick you can sabotage your hard work because your brain will constantly pick those things that make you feel fat, lazy + sick.
It's important that you start saying to your self " I am strong, I am healthy, I am energetic". When you say these things you start affirming to yourself that you are those things so now you will gravitate towards doing those things that will make you feel strong, health and energetic because your brain thinks that thats who you are and it wants to stay congruent with that.
START AFFIRMING WITH YOURSELF WHO YOU WANT TO BE
Shift the internal dialogue and make your THOUGHTS be what leads to EXTERNAL change. This will make it not only easier but more sustainable.
2. Replace the words “ I can’t” with "I dont”-->No one likes to be told that they "can’t" do anything. Our rebellious old teenage self will just come out screaming “well watch me, I can and I will!”...Dang that stubborn little brat🤣
To stick with your goals don't punish your self and say words like "I can't" instead affirm that you "don't". That way you feel like nothing is off limits but you simple CHOOSE (empowerment) to not do a certain thing.
So instead of saying, “ I can’t have that cookie” say “ I don’t want that cookie”
See the difference? This small statement can really retrain your brain so that you make better decisions over time. Saying I don't gives you power and autonomy to choose which is what we all want.
3. Get a Coach--> when you pay for a coach you put a lot more on the line + all the sudden you get a fire underneath your butt that actually makes you follow through with your goals. Getting a coach not only helps you stay committed, but they are also able to give you a lot of great outside perspective on self limiting beliefs or mindsets that could be holding you back. They also, if they are good, will have a lot of expertise and knowledge to help you get from point A to point B a lot quicker then you trying to figure it out all on your own.
This is one that I wish I did a lot earlier in my journey. Coaches really will transform your life and keep you on track for obtaining your health goals. Don't suffer doing everything alone, step into community and get support.
4. Get friends to do it with you!! --> Its going to be hard to change to a vegan diet if all your friends keep on inviting you to KFC very Friday night. So instead of feeling like you have to now alienate yourself from your friends simply get them to join you!! Now your date nights can be spent shopping at Trader Joes and making fresh spring rolls at home instead!
5. Write it down, make a contract--> How many times have you told yourself you are going to do something but then NEVER do. Ya we got to get you to hold yourself more accountable for the things you say you want to do and the best way to do that is to write it down, sign + date it.
A contract with yourself could look like this--
I_____________________ hereby commit to drinking a green juice every morning from April 1st to June 1st. If I fail to do this I owe my sister $50. signed by ________________________ date_________________
Over to you! Which of these strategies can you use right away? And how can you incorporate all of them over time?
Share any tips or aha! moments with us in the comments below to inspire others. I’d love to hear any realizations you’ve had and what’s currently working for you!!