Please read part I posted last week to shed light on what I am about to suggest in this post. Last week I told you that all of us have meme’s and that they act to impede our fitness and nutrition goals. Today I would like to give you some simple steps that you can apply to change your current mindset so that you can obtain the lifestyle that you truly deserve.
Step #1: Acknowledge that you make excuses:
No, you’re not in AA but this first step CANNOT be overlooked. If you do, you will pay the price of failing. You make excuses…yes you do. There is absolutely nobody that is exempt from excuse making and you are no exception. That is ok. The good news is that you can change your mind once you identify your excuses and memes.
Step #2: Write down all of your excuses and memes:
This is more of a process. For the next 30 days I want you to write down all of the excuses and memes that you make to yourself. See last weeks post for examples.
Step #3: State the opposite:
Once you have written down all of your most annoying excuses and memes you need to write down the exact opposite. For example if you say, “I am too tired to exercise after work”, write down “Because I am proactive and take responsibility for my life, I will exercise before work to increase my energy level”.
Step #4: Change your Sub-Conscience Mind:
Your sub-conscience mind is the part of the brain that stores all of your habits. It steers the proverbial ship. This is where the vast majority of all your behaviors are stored and processed. To change your sub-conscience mind you have to do the following things.
a. Convince it that it is wrong: You do this by stating the exact opposite of your memes. The very moment that a negative or damming thought enters your head you must replace it with the opposite thought…even if you have to say it out loud.
b. Construct a list of positive affirmations: On this list could be something like “I am in control of my eating at all times”, or “Exercising daily is just part of who I am”.
c. Repeat your list of affirmations daily, morning and night: Do this when you first awake and before you go to sleep. The goal is to be in a relaxed state where not much will bother you and where your mind can be at ease.
d. Be in a state of believing: When you are repeating your affirmations, do so in a state of positivity and optimism
Step #5: Disarm your alarm system!
When you begin doing these simple steps your brain will tell you that you are crazy and that you are acting weird or like a moron. This is normal because your brain is still convinced of the validity of your previous mindset of excuses and memes. Persistence is the key here. If you persist and repeat your affirmations day after day you will begin to believe the things that you are telling yourself and BECAUSE YOU BELIEVE YOURSELF YOU WILL ACT ON IT! Yes your behavior will start to change in a way that you never imagined possible.
Step #6: Realize that you never “Arrive”.
We live in a world of complacency, feeling entitled and laziness. If you are not constantly reinforcing your sub-conscience mind, rest assured you will slip back into old ways. Stay focused and realize that you have to be proactive to win the battle. Things will not magically work out for the best if you are not constantly bathing your mind with the things that you want to accomplish.
Step #7 Action:
This is where it is time to get off your butt and get into action. You can have the most wonderful meditation sessions of visualizations and imagery known to mankind, but if you don’t move you will never change your behavior. It is much easier to shed your old excuses when you see yourself doing the opposite of them. Soon you will be excuse free!
Step #8 Making it Long-Term:
Realize from the get-go that this is about lifestyle change for the long-term! Never allow any short-sightedness to enter the picture here. When you are planning your visualizations and affirmations make them long term. You want to adopt a mindset of permanency.
Well there you have it my friends! Properly applied these principles can and will change your lifestyle for the better. Start applying them today…there is absolutely no room for procrastination here. Remember…life is good!