Sticking to a new diet or exercise regime is one of the biggest challenges people in our society face today.
One of the fundamental reasons why, I believe, is because most people commit to the change with the wrong time frame in mind.
In fact, I believe most people disregard the true timeframe that we should be committing to for any lifestyle change in general.
Let’s get this straight.
Temporary changes lead to temporary results.
Lifestyle changes lead to life-long results.
The fad diets you’ve tried? Temporary changes.
The incredibly intense workout regimes that only lasted a few weeks? Temporary changes.
The underlying principles for many of the fad diets and exercise regimes are sound and make sense but so many of them are incredibly unsustainable and aren’t made to last (for a lifetime).
Yo-yoing up and down and up and down through fad diets and hard workouts is frustrating.
Constant and never ending improvement is motivating.
How do we get there?
One change at a time that we commit to (and here’s the key) for life!
If you don’t intend on sticking to a change for the rest of your life – it’s a temporary change!
As soon as you can start thinking in terms of temporary vs lifestyle, making change that lasts starts to make a lot more sense.
The way we are today is a result of the decisions we made yesterday.
…And our decision making process is primarily controlled by our habits.
Because what are habits but the decisions we’ve made repeatedly over an extended period of time?
Change your decisions and you’ll change your results.
Change your decisions over an extended period of time and you’ll change your habits.
Change your habits and you’ll change your life.
Easier said than done, of course, but if you’re up to the challenge here’s how the process works in 3 simple steps:
3 Simple Steps to Making Lifestyle Changes That Last:
1) Choose one change you’d like to make and one change only. Think you can handle two changes at the same time? Don’t. Maximize your chance of success and narrow your focus so that all of your energy is working towards adopting the one new habit you decide on. You’ll have plenty of time for another lifestyle change after you finish the first one. Remember, we’re running a marathon – not a sprint!
2) Block out your time, make your plans, and make it a priority! Bring your inspirations to life and write down exactly what it is you’re going to do. What’s your goal? How are you going to achieve it? When will you block out time for this? What will you do during this time? And what are you going to do when you don’t want to work on that new goal and you want to go back to your old habits? Put pen to paper and make it real.
3) Hold yourself accountable. Tell three people what you’re doing. Do three social media posts about it. And put up a wager or create a form of accountability that motivates you. Make a bet with friends, donate a large sum to charity if you don’t succeed, say that you’ll do something really embarrassing if you don’t follow through, etc. The more that there is on the line, the more you’ll have pushing you to succeed. Be bold.
After 30-60 days of success, repeat. See step 1.