When it comes to your health (exercising and eating well), what usually comes first for you....the motivation to take action or the action itself?
9 out of 10 people will probably say they wait to feel motivated and then they take action.
An example of this would be feeling motivated to lose weight as a New Year's Resolution, so you decide to sign up for the gym on January 1st or reading a great article on how to food prep so you head straight to the grocery store to pick up healthy ingredients for your week.
Trust me, if you're always waiting to feel motivated to perform actions that are good for your health, you're never going to succeed.
Motivation is an emotion that will come and go as often as the sun rises and sets. If you rely only on motivation to be healthy you will never be consistent.
Don't get me wrong.... motivation is awesome - it can kick start you on a path to better health, and it can sometimes keep you going when things get tough. However, there's much more important and reliable things you need to focus on if you actually want to be healthy for the rest of your life (not just for a few days, weeks, or months out of each year).
Ok, let's back track a little... have you seen this before?
Beliefs —> Actions —> Results
Even before we talk about taking action or the results you're hoping to achieve, there's something even more important and that is your beliefs and purpose.
What do you actually believe to be true about health?
Do you believe that you were designed to be healthy and that health is your default state? If you provide your body with the things it needs and eliminate the things it doesn't, do you believe your body should express health?
Or do you believe that sickness and disease are inevitable? ...That your body is designed to break down and there isn't much you can do since your genes determine your health anyway?
The answers to these questions will greatly change your actions AND your results.
Why do you want to be healthy? If your health is so important to you, really dive into WHY...what difference does it make? How would your life be different if you had more energy, lost weight, slept better, looked better, had lower blood pressure, got off medications etc.?
Once you can truly answer these questions and you know deep down the reasons why YOU want and need to be healthy then it's time to create your plan and take action.
Contrary to popular belief, taking action FIRST is better because it will breed motivation as you go along and start to reap the rewards.
If you're grounded first and foremost in your beliefs and your purpose, even when the motivation isn't there to choose the better food option or get to the gym you're still going to do it. Otherwise, old habits will creep in and it will become too easy to pick up a pizza for supper on your way home or skip your workout because you just don't feel like doing it.
There's an awesome book called The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business by Charles Duhigg, which I highly recommend you read. He talks about groudbreaking new research that shows that by grabbing hold of the 3 step "loop" all habits form in our brains - cue, routine, reward - we can change them, giving us the power to take control over our lives. I've definitely found his three-step approach to habits ultra useful!
One of the things I love about being a Life By Design Certified Chiropractic Office is that we not only offer the most amazing solution to Neurospinal Health but we also provide you with the knowledge, the WHY, and the resources you need to take the RIGHT actions on your journey to an extraordinary life. Being why-driven and action-orientated helps us get you the best results, despite wavering motivation.
Grab Charles Duhigg's book and feel free to download the Think By Design Manual below — like I said the first step is your beliefs and your why and that is what Think By Design delivers.