I wish I knew this earlier instead of feeling like a failure...
You can’t do all the things at once!
Have you ever had grand plans to be fitter, healthier, calmer and create more life balance? And then you tried to implement a new fitness routine, morning routine, diet or meditation practice. It may have it lasted a week or two, but then you lost motivation and then returned to your old ways?
I know I have. Here is the thing, when we dream and feel inspired, we feel like we can take on the world, all at once. However, these feelings soon fade and are not enough to maintain lasting change. When we don’t achieve our fitness, wellness or life goals we feel like we failed. When in reality we have not allowed enough time to integrate these changes into our nervous system.
I’m sure you have heard that it takes 21days to create a habit, however, in reality it takes about two to eight months. When we are forming a new habit, it takes effort initially. Not only are we trying to create new habit, but we are often trying to rewire our brain to break old ones. Imagine trying to do that for 3, 5 or 8 behaviours at once. That takes a lot of will power and effort that needs to be maintained for months! It is not surprising that we fail to reach our goals.
To truly integrate a new behaviour, start small and be consistent. For example, start with a 2 minute meditation practice instead of 10 minutes. Once you get into the habit of meditating, you can build on it. Repetition rewires our neural pathways so that this new behaviour eventually becomes automated. This means we will just do it without thinking about it too much and it becomes part of our daily routine.
Once this behaviour is integrated we can then focus on our next habit AND increase the chances of our success.
And if you need a little help with creating and maintaining a positive mindset, get in touch.
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