After writing the post about becoming healthy in a way that you can sustain for a long time, I hope you found out something new and learned how to go about beginning a healthy lifestyle. The basic idea behind that post was that you should focus on long-term goals and slowly make your way towards them so that you don’t get discouraged in the process.
This time, I wanted to give you even more concrete tips on how to become healthy and it will be in the form of a series of posts about how to implement changes effectively in order to reach your goals, starting with developing the right mindset!
But what if you’re not quite sure what your exact goals are? Maybe you kind of want to be healthy but you’re not certain of the details and you aren’t entirely convinced whether you’ll be motivated enough to get there? And, to be honest, it is all about the motivation. After all, how are you supposed to put effort into something if you’re not sure what it is that’s driving you?
How to implement changes effectively #1: developing the right mindset
Why do you want to change?
That’s why it’s so important to figure out what motivates you and gets YOU going specifically! But before you get to that, what’s even more important is the very first step: having the right mindset. And what I mean by that is having realistic and healthy goals in mind, and also for the right reasons.
Imagine a friend of yours telling you they would like to become healthier. What comes to mind might be starting to eat less processed and more whole foods, moving more and trying to recognize and stop or decrease unhealthy or even destructive habits. All of these changes would make the person feel better – less sluggish, more energized and motivated, and overall even just a bit happier.
But what if your friend told you they wanted to be healthy just because of some popular social media figure promoting a healthy lifestyle rather than because of realizing the benefits behind it? I bet – or at least I hope – you’d encourage them to reconsider their reasons for this change. Maybe you’re wondering why the reasons would make a difference at all? In the end, if the goal is to become healthy, isn’t that just great in the first place, no matter how and why it’s achieved?
Find intrinsic motivation
Your reasons for change are a huge part of your motivation and that determines how successful you’ll be in achieving your goals. If your motivation comes mostly from external sources rather than from within you, how do you know it’s not going to slowly disappear until you’re not motivated and driven like you used to be?
Let’s take even the very broad goal of becoming healthy, both physically and mentally. If you know and understand the specific reasons why you want to be healthier – whether it’s to be more fit, to overcome an illness, to feel stronger and more capable in your everyday life, or to simply feel good in the long run – and you think of those benefits and let them motivate you, I promise you’ll definitely be starting off the right way. That's why having the right mindset is so important!
So, to recap, try to think about and answer the following questions:
What/who made me decide to start making changes?
Where do I want to be in terms of my goals in 1 month, 6 months, 1 year?
What gets me really driven?
This is the first blog post in the series on how to implement changes effectively. In the next post, I will guide you through the process of developing and setting goals for yourself – in a smart and sustainable way, of course! So check this space again soon or, better yet, sign up for email notifications if you don’t want to miss new posts and all the fun and empowering stuff going on here.
Let me know if you found the first part of this series useful and don't be shy, ask any questions you might have!
#1 Developing the right mindset