A decision to change comes from strong motivation, being inspired – and sometimes because you are told you have to. To start a change you can choose to simply begin something, and hope that you will get there. To really change you can see it as the process it is.
Lifestyle change – a process
A process which starts with small steps, and tweaks to how you eat, move, sleep, de-stress, ‘relax’, and get inspired. A process which needs a roadmap – a plan to get there. The road may get bumpy, but with a guide and a good map you will get there. AND – this is a safari that never ends. The changes will become part of your daily life – your new habits will formed. The changes will make you permanently different.
Lifestyle change is not diets and fitness fads as these last but for a while – and a real change involves so much more than food and exercise. Life takes different turns… Perhaps a new
assignment leads you on a new road (again?)
What is change?
To change is the process of becoming different. Change can be individual, or a team effort.
To really, really change the motivation and understanding why change is needed has to be deeply felt. And, the vision clear of where you want to go. Once you know where you are headed you can set a goal, and therefore plan how to get there.
Change is a process. You can choose to change because you want to fit into a dress, or because you want better work-life balance, or indeed go for a permanent lifestyle change. No matter what the goal is – it is good. A change is as good as a rest – but in my experience the short rest lasts but for a while. A real planned change is a long-term process that is ongoing, enjoyable and so very rewarding. That kind of change becomes permanent.
“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading”. Lao Tzu
Setting your change goals
If your goal is to get into a borrowed dress in two weeks, you can go on a crash diet and whoops! you will feel fab for the planned event. Your weight loss is temporary – and like the dress it must go back. The change was no real change – but you might feel inspired….
If work life balance is your goal, it takes more planning and you will probably get there is until you are on your way in a new direction. The balance can be hard to keep up. The change is half way – but it will leave you inspired…
If your goal is to have enduring health, full-on energy, feel balanced physically and mentally – and get back that ‘feel good feeling’ once again lifestyle changes is what you are planning. It is a step by step approach in a slow, methodical way. A change which leads to a new you – new habits. A permanent one.
Change can be difficult – and it may not last, the goal will tell you. You can choose which is your goal – a dress or a new you. No matter which of the change goals you set a SMART plan is what will bring you there.
Spring into action for you!
Have you also gotten lost on the road to lasting change?
This time – you can do it 🙂
‘Making lifestyle changes that last’, by American Psychological Association
‘How two key lifestyle changes can boost your health overall’, by Alexandra Sifferlin, TIME.com