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In the past several years, I've had the privilege of working with over 100 clients to help them achieve their goals. Through that experience, I've learned some some life transforming truth that has the potential to change your life for the better: You choose your thoughts. Your thoughts and beliefs lead to your actions. Words are very powerful. What you say to your child, what you say to your spouse, what you say to your friend, what you say to YOURSELF...those words have power.
So use this power for good. Start observing what you're telling yourself. None of us are perfect, so you probably have many limiting beliefs that recur many times throughout the day..."I'm not good at xyz...I'll never lose this baby weight...I'm a failure...I'll never be as strong or successful as so and so..." The list is goes on.
But, you have the power to choose your thoughts and thereby be much more SUCCESSFUL in reaching your goals!
Here's how to change your thoughts, and thereby, your LIFE:
Step 1: Start observing your self-talk (and while you're at it, your other-talk, which is what you say to others).
Step 2: Once you notice yourself telling yourself a limiting belief (check out the examples mentioned above in quotes), write it down, and then write out what's actually true. For example, if your limiting belief is, "I'll never lose this last 10 pounds," turn it around to what's actually true, "I have the potential to lose this weight. I'm capable of reaching this goal. I'm worth it."
Step 3: Visualize success. “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't-you're right.” ― Henry Ford
Don't stay in the daydreaming mode though. Get to work with some concrete action, otherwise it's only dreaming!
Step 4: Create and plan small habits and goals leading to your large goal. The small wins will provide confidence and motivation to move forward.
Step 5: Measure your progress. What gets measured gets done. (1) Decide what will be most effective to measure in relation to your goals. Here are some ideas:
1) Take body measurements 1-2 times a month.
2) Keep track of how many workouts you accomplish each week and month.
3) Keep a daily food journal where you write down everything you eat and drink.
Step 6: This may be the most important step: Stay accountable. The best way to stay accountable is with a Specific Accountability Appointment. Schedule a Nutrition Session today for the support, accountability, and strategy needed to reach your goals more effectively!
Another addition to this is to have a daily question checklist. At the end of the day, ask yourself the same several questions to check-in with yourself (or have someone else ask you these questions DAILY). Here are some examples:
1) Did I workout?
2) Did I eat at least 3 servings of vegetables?
3) For water intake, did I drink at least half my bodyweight in ounces (for example, if you weight 150, drink 75+ ounces a day)?
I hope this outline inspires you to take action towards transforming your mindset and life. Be sure to let us know your wins and how your life is transformed!