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Answer These 7 Questions to Make Change You Can Stick With

Updated: Aug 10, 2020

Change is hard, and change you can hold onto, even harder. How can you make change easier, or at least less difficult? Use these 7 questions to help you eat healthier & exercise consistently, and make it easier to keep doing.

  • What are you/aren't you willing to do? Able to do? Ready to do?

Make a list. Yes, really! It's better to take an honest look at what you're ready, willing, and able to do (and not do) to give you the best chance at successful change. There are so many things you could do differently, it's easy to get overwhelmed and not do anything at all. Having a clear idea of what you're willing to do gives you a place to start. For example, you may not be willing to stop eating dessert, but are you willing to try eating less dessert?

  • What are your unique strengths?

I bet if I asked you right now, you could tell me exactly what your weaknesses are when it comes to health, eating and exercise. Take the flip side approach and take stock of your strengths. Can you cook? Are you a social butterfly? Are you consistent with getting to bed to allow for enough rest? Are you an awesome planner? Fabulous! Start thinking about how you can use what you already do well. For example, if you're a great planner, you can use that skill to plan out some healthy meals or when/where/how you'll exercise and get more movement for the week.

  • What are you focusing on?

Most of the women I know are fantastic multi-taskers. So why doesn't this strategy work for overhauling your health, fitness, and eating? I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that if you already are responsible for someone or something besides yourself, you're probably operating at, or near, capacity. Completely overhauling your approach is going to be an exercise in frustration. Not only that, it will greatly diminish your chances for success with any single change. Narrow your focus and bring it back to the process. Yes, we all want to get to the successful end result. But, if your gaze is always focused on that, it will frustrate and distract you. Put all your attention on the consistent daily actions that lead you there. What can you do this week, today, right now? For example, you may know you need to get 7-8 hours of sleep. How can you get 15 more minutes today?

  • Can you strengthen your patience muscle?

Everyone loves transformation. From home renovations to wardrobes to weight loss, we can watch people transform dramatically, often in under an hour! Hollywood approaches don't work. Real change that lasts takes time. Your current health/weight/fitness didn't get to where it is now over the course of a few weeks or months. Practicing skills and developing habits are what creates lasting change.

  • Can you call on your inner scientist?

Healthy change is all about trying new things. Experimenting with new approaches to your fitness and eating, and practicing them, is the best way to find what works for you. You may have heard about, or even know someone who's had success with adopting healthier habits. Remember, this is your experiment, so maybe it could work for you, maybe not. No need to judge or compare, just use your impartial scientist brain. Everyone has their own unique circumstances and strengths. Try. Assess. Adjust.

  • Are you willing to silence (or turn the volume WAAAY down on) your inner critic?

I am talking to all of the women out there! So many of you lovelies are a person that showers kindnesses and compassion on others, but whoa are you hard on yourself! (Present company included.) Allowing yourself to make a mistake without beating yourself up for it will give you the ability to regroup and change strategies so that you can find what works for you.

  • Can you remind yourself to take a step back and focus on the big picture?

There's bound to be things that won't work, mistakes made, etc., but that doesn't mean you should ignore the 80% of what you're doing well. By focusing on the all of the little victories, you can maintain forward momentum and build resilience, even when you run into the inevitable roadblock or setback.

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