Many people have the wonderful intention to start a new diet or program that they “need” to do. However, most of us do not know how to begin and wander around aimlessly trying to make it work. We end up frustrated and feeling bad about ourselves for not being able to stick with it, for “failing”.
There really is no such thing as failure.
What you might think of as failure is actually an excellent place to start.
Education can be the single most important thing for most people. No person can know everything and one thing won’t work for everyone. We need to put on the explorer’s hat and be willing to try. The more no’s we get the closer we are to the yes’s that work for us. We need to be willing to accept the no’s without feeling guilty or like a failure so that we can feel the glory of the yes’s.
Another factor is that change can be challenging. Forcing ourselves to conform unnaturally in a swift manner can cause more harm than good. Creating a plan to take step-by-step changes can reduce stress, which is another factor in mental and physical unwellness. By educating ourselves we can reduce the stress of change and give ourselves a clear and simple path to follow.
Stress is the number one factor in creating disease in the body.
There is so much information available to us where do we begin? We can get some help from on-line communities such as, Your Vibrant Life Summit. We can hire a coach. We can think about exactly what we want to accomplish, such as weight-loss, and search for information on the internet or buy a book about it. The main thing to do is to know specifically what you want and take action towards that goal. Be easy on yourself and don’t expect to find the answers right away or have immediate results. This is old paradigm thinking. We have been living in a pill-popping-immediate-results kind of world that has proven to cause more harm than good.
Some basic tips to help you reach optimal health:
- Be willing to slow down. Being willing is the first part. Next become conscious of your actions. As you become more aware of where you are trying to speed things up you will be able to rethink that action and see that it’s ok to slow down. It actually feels better.
- Take some time to write down your exact goals. Be very detailed in how you will feel when you reach the goal. How will it look? Does it have a taste, smell, sound, or texture? The more you can immerse yourself in the end result the more clear your path will become.
- Make a simple plan. When you have clear goals it is easier to see the necessary steps to reach the end result. An example might be that you want to switch to an all uncooked plant based diet to prevent cancer. You might start with simply drinking green smoothies in the morning for several weeks but keep all other aspects of your routine the same. Explore plenty of recipes to find the ones you like the most. Adjust recipes that you don’t like so much to see if you can make them to your taste thus increasing your variety making the change more enjoyable.
- Learn more. Once you have the basics down you can work on some continuing education to deepen your knowledge about the results you want. This will help instill the changes making them permanent. When we fully understand the damage bad habits can have on immediate and long-term health, such as sugar and cigarettes, we have a stronger motivation to keep the good habits going for the long run.
- Find an accountability partner. Having someone to check-in with can be very beneficially to keep you motivated through the change period. You can hire a coach or find a friend to go through the process with. This is a psychological measure that can really help build the motivational energy to reach your goals.
Overall, to set yourself up for success, be easy on yourself. Give yourself the love, respect and patience you would want others to give to you. When we begin to treat ourselves the way we wish others would, it begins to happen naturally. As Dr. Wayne Dyer says, “When we change the way we look at things the things we look at change.” It all begins in our own mind. You have the power to create your world exactly as you wish it to be so start from the heart.
“Whether you believe you can or you believe you can’t, you’re right.” ~Henry Ford
To your health!