I was asked recently if there was some “secret” to being able to make lasting changes that improve health. Any change you make is going to take some time and effort. That’s a given. And it doesn’t matter if it’s changing your diet, beginning a fitness plan, adding supplements, working on a destructive thought pattern or attitude. Change is change!
What I ask my clients to consider are the 3 “C’s” and whether they are ready to fully embrace them. What are the 3 “C’s”? Glad you asked.
Commitment is the first “C.” You have to make what Kennth Copeland refers to as a ‘quality decision.’ I suggest people think long and hard about whether they really want to make these changes and how badly they want the results. If you are not willing to make a 100% commitment to do what it takes – don’t bother starting because you will just give up when it gets tough. And at some point – it will! In order to make a firm commitment, one that you will stick to – you have to have a good reason for what you want to do. It has to mean something to you otherwise you’ll find a million reasons to rationalize why you can’t do it.
Compliance is the second “C.” Here’s my definition of that word: “the disposition to yield when force is applied in order to fulfill the requirements of a regimen.” That simply means, when you get up and have 30 minutes of exercise pencilled in your schedule and didn’t sleep well and can think of 1,000 excuses not to do it – you still yield to that force of self-discipline and hit the treadmill.
The Bible tells us if we are willing and obedient we will eat the good of the land (Isaiah 1:19). That actually is the perfect definition of compliant for me – be willing and obedient!
Consistency is the last “C.” You have to be willing to work on creating a new pattern of behavior – day by day. Nothing happens instantaneously! You don’t lose 10 lbs. just because you ate properly for one day! You won’t fit into clothes 2 sizes smaller because you worked out for 3 days. You must be in it for the long haul and you must be willing (there’s that word again!) to create a new pattern of behavior.
Each time you do something in a new way, you create a new neural pathway in your brain so that each time you repeat the new action, it becomes more securely embedded in your brain. As you keep doing it, after a period of time it becomes automatic and your new “normal” way of doing things. That’s how habits (good and bad) are made.
So, those are my 3 “C’s”. What are your thoughts about making changes?