Updated: Dec 21, 2021
The fast-paced world in which we live is constantly changing. Change is healthy and necessary for growth. If we fail to adapt & change, then we will fail to thrive in life. Thriving is what a Natural Health Lifestyle is all about.
If you sit down & reflect honestly, you will probably observe that change is the only constant thing in life. It is imperative that we learn to adapt & commit to change.
Here are a few ways to help you commit to change.
#1: Define your commitment
First things first, define what type of change you want to commit to. If you do not know what you are committing to, then you will never be able to truly commit to change.
Be clear and be honest while defining your commitment. Make a plan by defining why you are doing this and how are you going to do this. You can even use a notebook for this purpose.
Let’s use the example of fitness. If you do not like the condition your body is currently in, you might decide to change it. You must define why are you doing this; be as clear, honest & detailed as you can. Then draft a plan regarding the methods you are going to practice to achieve this, such as improving your eating habits & increasing your physical activity.
This will make you aware of what you are actually committing to & prepare yourself for the work ahead.
#2 Keeping it Simple Sticks
Back to the example “healthy”. You might know that you need to drink more water. But going from 4 Sodas a day & no water to finding out that for your size you need to be drinking 100 oz of clean clear water can be a bit daunting.
You're less likely to keep it going long-term if you just flat out try to switch.
Keep in mind small doable steps over time make the big goal stick. You map out your steps & how long it will take you to accomplish these steps.
And before you know it you’ve gone from a chronic soda drinker to it being a mindful treat & your ready to move on to one or two other changeable habits.
#3: Do not be a spectator
The third thing to improve commitment to change is to make sure you are not "faking the funk," saying you want to change without participating in the effort.
Commitment is an obligation that you cannot fulfill if you do not fully engage with it.
Staying with the example of health, you are just “checking the blocks” if you are just going to the gym to say you went to the gym, but are not looking to change your eating habits as well; you will not reach the results you want.
To get the best results & to fully embrace the change, you have to commit to a healthy overall lifestyle by going to the gym AND changing your eating habits. You must completely invest yourself in what the change requires.
#4: Be persistent
Commitment requires persistence. You cannot chicken out because you are finding it hard to adapt to change or if the change is not immediately working out for you. That is not how it is done. To acquire great results from the change, you have to practice persistence.
Going back to the soda example some days you will do well sticking to the goals you set. But, then there will be those days you didn't plan for. Say a spontaneous movie & you want a soda with your popcorn but you've reached your quota for the day.
You must be persistent to get the results your heart desires. That's when you put your thinking hat on & get inventive. Perhaps make an herbal tea for taste or just push through the desire & grab your nice glass of water.
#5: Refresh your motivations
Motivation is not permanent; it requires revisiting & refreshing. Go back to your notebook where you defined your commitments. Re-read those reasons & plans that you wrote down while you were defining your commitments when you were powerfully motivated. This will reignite that spark. If your motivations have changed, draft your plan again & add some new reasons to the list.
Committing to change—any change—is significant & can be daunting. Take some “baby steps” with these four tips to get started, and remember that slow and steady wins the race.
Have an awesome week, see you again soon. Until then get healthy, be happy & herbal on,
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