Is It Time To Make A Lifestyle Change That Lasts

It’s a new day. It’s bright and sunny, just the perfect weather. You’ve had more than 8 hours of sleep. You’re now eager to make your bed and prepare your breakfast. You brew your coffee, make your avo toast, or bowl of muesli and fruit. You pick up a book, just for a change.

You read a few chapters until you’re done with breakfast. You also decide to walk outside and take advantage of the perfect weather. You admire nature and almost everything your eyes land on. You see your neighbor walking his dogs, a bunch of kids on their way to school, an old couple taking a stroll in the park.

Nothing bizarre, just normal people going about their day. “This is nice”, you say to yourself, “Maybe I should do it again tomorrow.” Is this a sign that a lifestyle change is in order?

 

The Grind

This might be a scenario most of us are longing for. Humans can get so caught up with the hustle and bustle of life that we have no time to breathe and be intentional with our routines. We go to work 8 hours a day, sleep for another, and on our phones for the remaining hours.

Despite our best intentions, the daily grind can overshadow the simple pleasures and moments of tranquility that are essential for our well-being. We may find ourselves rushing from one task to the next, constantly plugged in and connected, yet somehow feeling stressed, disconnected from ourselves and from the world around us.

This is why creating new and healthier habits is essential to keeping us grounded and centered amidst life’s chaos. So, how do we know when it’s time to embrace a lifestyle change?

 

When’s A Good Time To Start?

lifestyle change - is now the right timeThe perfect time to start making positive changes in your life is whenever you feel motivated and ready to do so. Remember that this decision comes from within, so you’re the only one who can recognize it. What’s important is not dismissing it when you’re already in the right headspace.

There still could be hints of doubt and fear, but knowing when to trust in yourself is key. Believe in your ability to make changes in your life that help bring you closer to the life you really want. By embracing this belief, you empower yourself to take action and create the future you desire.

A lifestyle change does not happen in a blink of an eye. There are steps you take in order to reach a certain goal. Do not be tied down by the pressure, both internally and externally. What’s important is taking the first step.

 

The first step: Be Clear On Your Intention

In order to make a sustainable lifestyle change, you must be able to define what you want to achieve. Having a clear intention significantly impacts the long-term outcome of your decision. It is vital that you set your goals with clarity and specificity, outlining exactly what you want to accomplish and why it is important to you.

This clarity will guide your actions and help you stay focused, even when faced with challenges or setbacks. Take the time to reflect on your values, priorities, and aspirations, and align your intentions with what truly matters to you. When your intention is clear, you’ll find the motivation and determination to take meaningful steps toward creating the life you desire.

 

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The second step: Start Small

Most of us feel pressured to overhaul our lives in one go. We get very impatient and want to see immediate results. However, taking small, manageable steps allows us to build momentum and establish lasting habits. It’s about progress, not perfection. It’s a great idea to keep a journal of your experiences as you progress.

Remember, even the smallest step forward is still progress toward your goals. By starting small and gradually increasing the intensity or scope of our efforts, we set ourselves up for success and avoid feeling overwhelmed. This incremental approach not only makes change more manageable but also increases our likelihood of long-term success.

 

The third step: Slowly Replace Habits

lifestyle change healthy habitsA lifestyle change should include having healthier habits that you can sustain for a long time. It’s not enough that you eliminate the bad habits, you should also make the effort to replace them with healthier ones. The main focus of this shift should be complete nourishment of your mind, body and soul.

You may start by incorporating regular exercise, nutritious eating, adequate sleep, and positive social connections. The goal is to ultimately improve your overall well-being and enhance your quality of life, so it is very crucial that you remain intentional about these changes.

 

The fourth step: Find Support

Having a solid support system can be a total game-changer. You’d have a different outlook and perspective when you have people joining and supporting your initiatives. Not only do they keep you accountable, they also make everything more fun. If you can, invite your family and friends on this journey. You’ll find yourselves having more motivation and enjoying the process even more with their encouragement and camaraderie.

Plus, sharing the experience with loved ones strengthens bonds and creates memorable moments along the way. It takes a village, as they always say. Having that sense of community provides emotional support during challenging times and celebrates your successes with you. They offer advice, encouragement, and a listening ear when you need it most.

If you feel like now is the time for an upgrade in your lifestyle but are unsure of where to start and how to get the ball rolling and would like support with finding purpose and a new direction, setting goals and integrating new empowering habits to make the transition to the life you really want, then reach out to me to see how working together with a life coach can help!

 

The fifth step: Build Self-Awareness

Again, this is a long journey that doesn’t happen overnight. It’s important that you take the time to pause and reflect on what you’ve done, and what you can still be doing. By identifying your shortcomings, you allow yourself to possibly reroute and consider alternative changes that may work better for you.

Self-reflection is a powerful tool for personal growth and can help you stay aligned with your goals as you continue on your path toward a healthier and happier lifestyle. This is why I suggest a journal practice, especially to assist you with building self-awareness, as you can get your thoughts out on paper and use it to reflect on your self-discoveries to get greater insight into who you are and what you want in life.

 

The sixth step: Celebrate Milestones

lifestyle change - celebrate your winsCreate a habit of celebrating your progress, no matter how small. It’s always fulfilling to look back and see how far you’ve come. You should always acknowledge the efforts you’ve made and the positive changes you’ve implemented.

Celebrating your victories, no matter how minor reinforces your commitment to your new habits and boosts your confidence to continue moving forward. This is also a good way to make this journey more enjoyable.

Additionally, don’t forget to be patient with yourself. Change takes time, and setbacks are a natural part of the process. Be kind to yourself and stay focused on your goals.

 

Do You Need “Will” or “Skill”?

The article published by the American Psychological Association “The key to making lasting lifestyle and behavioral changes: Is it will or skill” discusses how willpower plays an important role in staying on track with our goals.

“Psychologists with APA report that, with the right support, individuals can learn how to make lasting lifestyle and behavior changes, regardless of the importance they place on willpower or the influence of stress.”

Health psychologist and former president of APA’s Division of Health Psychology, Karina Davidson, raises the question, “Is it will or is it skill?” She emphasizes that, with proper guidance, people can develop and enhance the necessary skills to implement even the most challenging lifestyle change.

 

The Will To Make A Major Lifestyle Change

All this to say, having willpower is vital in initiating lifestyle changes. This one characteristic greatly impacts our behaviors and responses. This serves as our starting point and driving force when it comes to guiding actions, especially during challenging times.

However, while having willpower is essential for seeing through lifestyle changes, it’s also important to recognize the role of skill development and external support in facilitating lasting adjustments. One would not be as effective without the other. With the right combination, you’ll be able to make a lifestyle change that will certainly last.

 

 

About Author:
Paul Jenkin | Life Coach & Somatic Facilitator
With 26 years of experience in alternative health and personal development, Paul coaches entrepreneurs and creatives to let go of limiting programming and empower themselves to reach greater levels of personal freedom, peace and success.

Author of ‘Powerful Manifestation Secrets’– he enjoys sharing information about a whole range of topics from LOA, optimal health, emotional intelligence, self-sovereignty and business. Schedule a 1-hr Expansion Call Today!

 

 

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