Building on Positive Change

Friday, December 27, 2019

Isn’t it amazing how many conversations can be going on in our head at the same time? We can have part of our mind ready to get going and spur us on to embracing change and new habits. Then there is another part of us that believes we have the right to not work out and to eat what we want whenever we want. The truth is both parts are speaking the truth. We are capable of positive change and embracing new habits that help us live a healthier life.  On the other hand we have absolute right to choose how and when we want to do anything that has to do with our lives. We have the right to our own autonomy. So how do we help these warring sides work together to help us live a more balanced, integrated life? We agree to what is most important to us, stick to that plan and build on the positive change we are achieving.

By agreeing to our overall priorities we can calm some of the conversations in our head. It doesn’t mean we are perfect, but it means we can avoid sabotaging ourselves and what we really want to accomplish.  We have the right to succeed.

Change is hard. Change can be both positive and negative. To keep constructive momentum we want to build on positive change. Sometimes it is good to remind ourselves of the changes we have made and embraced. Think of all the changes we make all the time. We change jobs, the location where we live, our relationship status, how we look, our interests…even our opinions.

It is important to acknowledge the successful changes we have made when it comes to our health. If we have committed to living life as our healthiest selves it is inevitable that we will want to change some habits, introduce new habits to support our overall goal and continue to build on the positive changes we have already made in our lives. We need to take the time to acknowledge where we are and how we have been able to honor our priorities.

There is strength and momentum in reflecting on where we are in our health journey and how far we have come. Without reflection it can be hard to see the change we have made and use that change to further our success. We can even get depressed because we have not named our achievements.

As we look back on the past year, take time to think about the advances you have made in your healthy lifestyle, even list them. Once you have articulated the positive change you have made it is time to start thinking about how you can build on those to make the coming year your best year yet.  There is no doubt about it, you deserve it!

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