In part one of, Why New Year’s Diet & Fitness Resolutions Never Work (and what to do Instead) I discussed,
In part two of today’s post (the conclusion) I’ll talk about,
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Let’s take a moment to become present. I want you to take a slow, deep breath, now. Inhale through the nostrils and then hold it for a moment. Now, slowly exhale. Let’s do that one more time.
Now, think about your life. Think about how your day started. Do you remember how you felt when you woke up? What did you eat for breakfast? Did you even eat breakfast?
We’re busy. We’re tired. We’re rushed. Most of us live our lives at 100 km/h speeding through decision after decision.
Who has “enough time?”
We’re focused on so many things — problems at work, your kids, or the news. There are so many things demanding our attention and this is what causes decision fatigue. At the end of the day most of us are exhausted and just say “screw it” to cooking a healthy meal or having a workout.
Does this sound like you?
What is decision fatigue?
Simple put, the more decisions you have to make in a day, the more difficult it becomes to make the good choices later in the day. Your decision-making ability shuts down.
How you can manage decision fatigue to improve your health
Let’s say you’re trying to lose weight. If a particular food is not in your proximity you can’t eat it. No willpower is required to not eat those chips or ice cream because it’s not there to eat.
Simplicity makes behavioural change easier
When you use these strategies to create more simplicity and reduce daily decision-making, it’s far easier to stick to your healthy habits without having to think or worry about completing them.
I like what author, Gay Hendrick, refers to as “Einstein Time” in his book, The Big Leap, which means that time is simply a concept and we create our own time.
We decide and chose what to spend time on, thus we are not limited by time. The limitation or scarcity of time is also a mental construct.
While time is simply a concept, what’s more important is connecting with and identifying our drives and motivations that will help us prioritize the actions and habits that will improve our wellbeing and help us to achieve our goals and vision.
When we convince ourselves that we don’t have enough time to do something it’s either a result of fear, self-judgment, or procrastination.
We often procrastinate because of a lack of vision, which is not having a clear understanding of the changes that need to happen.
So going back to what I spoke about earlier, if you were to prioritize cooking meals in bulk you would be more effectively managing your time and creating a structure (a meal plan) for you week. This means fewer big decisions and no need for procrastination because having prepared meals means you can now easily support your healthy eating behaviour.
To change you need to first want to change.
Then you need a goal or a vision, both of which require an action plan that may consist of various projects or tasks that will support the desired outcome.
When we work together, part of the deep coaching experience is to get “emotionally clear and connected” to what you most want, and your WHY for wanting to achieve your desired goal.
Without a deep emotional resonance, there is little power or energy to drive your motivation in the tough times.
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