The ABC’s of lifestyle change
By Meeghan, 27 August, 2009
While most of us wouldn’t dream of renovating a house without a comprehensive set of plans, we often set about building a new healthy lifestyle with wild abandon. However if we could apply what we know about building and renovating to the work we do on our temple, our body and mind that is, our chances for success would be much improved. This article looks at the building blocks of successful lifestyle change, the ABC’s.
A rock solid foundation upon which you build your new lifestyle is critical and it’s called ATTITUDE. We’ve all heard people talk about it, perhaps they have even been talking about you. “She has such a good attitude” or “she has a really bad attitude”. But what is it? Attitude is simply a manner of behaviour, your behaviour! You may have learnt some of your behaviour from family or friends but if you lean towards feeling the glass is half empty, we have some work to do.
The good news is we can change our attitude! A positive self affirming attitude doesn’t just happen, you need to work at it…daily! Here’s an example. Next time you wake up and don’t feel like going to work try saying out loud six times, “There’s nothing I’d rather be doing than going to work this morning”. Go on sceptics, give it a go! You’ll be surprised; even the positive suggestion will make you feel better!
Our next building block is BELIEF. Sometimes when we begin an ambitious project it can appear insurmountable. Rather than look too far ahead to the future, think how a house is built. One brick at a time! Building a house or changing the way we live often takes longer than we expect because often our expectations are unrealistic. And along the way we don’t anticipate the many obstacles we will encounter. Do we give up? No, because things worth having take time and effort! Confidence may ebb and flow but belief is the deep seated feeling which assists you in finding a way around the obstacles at all costs in order to achieve your goals.
But what of having a rock solid attitude and a strong belief if you don’t do the work consistently? CONSISTENCY means constantly keeping to the same principles even when things get tough. Let’s imagine we are building our dream home and our builder suggests we cut a few corners here and there to save money or some badly needed time? It’s tempting but you can’t cut corners when building a house or it will fall down. And if you want to achieve positive lifestyle change consistency is the key. You MUST put in the work and often!
So attitude, belief and consistency are the building blocks of lifestyle change. You will also need to call on your project manager, your Personal Trainer to support you. Your Personal Trainer will assist you in finding ways around obstacles and help you to get everything back on track should it threaten to run over budget or over time. It won’t be easy but making a lifestyle change may be the best and most rewarding project you’ve ever worked on!