Chances are, you can identify at least one practice that would affect your health and/or happiness that you’re not currently engaging in. Whether it’s exercise, eating well, or emptying the trash, knowing something is good for us isn’t necessarily enough to compel action.
Through working with clients to help them create and maintain healthy habits, I've learned that recognizing the benefit of something and planning to make it part of your life is only half the work.
The key to sustainable success is learning to outsmart your excuses and building a structure to sustain and support those strategies.
How we do anything is usually how we do everything. If you struggle to find time in one area of your life, you probably deal with it in other areas, too. Believe it or not, that’s actually a good thing. It means that as you make progress in one area, you’ll experience a ripple effect in every area of your life.
For example, we all know that meditation is one of the best things we can do for our health, happiness, and productivity. Despite that awareness, most of us have difficulty finding time, remaining consistent, or even getting started. We tell ourselves, “I’ll have more time later,” or “I’ll skip today and do it for twice as long tomorrow.” Or, if you’re anything like me, you find a million seemingly “productive” things to do instead of sitting down and simply taking action.
So, how do you actually make a lifestyle change that’ll last?
Here are the three most common excuses keeping people from changing their lives, and my strategies for getting past them once and for all: