Here we are at the beginning of April. One-quarter of this year has already passed! How do you feel about your progress in making healthier habits? Are you making progress on your health goals? You may have had a goal of losing a certain amount of weight in this new year and were hoping you would be at a particular point by now. Are you?
Most people find they have either lost interest, defaulted to their old habits or just plain given up trying. I hope that’s not you but in case you find yourself somewhere in there, I would like to make a suggestion that might help you get back on track.
It doesn’t really matter what your goal was – losing weight, drinking more water, cleaning up your diet, practicing intermittent fasting, exercising regularly, balancing cholesterol or blood sugar, lowering blood pressure – they all have one thing in common. They all affect the length and quality of your life. So here’s my suggestion:
Find your big, overriding reason for doing any of that. I know, it sounds too simple but please don’t just scroll past this and ignore it. If you do not have a good enough reason to make a change, you will not have the motivation and persistence to do the easy things much less tackle the more challenging ones! Every single, little baby step you take consistently will build momentum. But without that “why” under-girding them, they won’t carry you through. Your why has to be personal and important enough to you. My why won’t work for you. So this will take some time of honest thought and reflection.
If you want to drop 20 pounds but it’s because you want your significant other to be proud of you or you want to look great at your niece’s wedding, that may not be a big enough why. Remember, I mentioned above that every one of those changes are connected to longevity and your quality of life. You can live a long life but not necessarily a healthy, vibrant one. You want quality and quantity. Why? Keep asking yourself why – keep going deeper. Just keep pulling that thread and get to your core reason.
It will make all the difference in the world.
Do you know what your real, powerful, important reason is for making any changes in your life? Are you willing to find out?