So, you want to know how to get healthy? Congratulations, you’re about to embark on a grand new adventure of self-discovery and betterment.
You’re going to get your health in order.
But, before you set off, you need to get one thing in order first: your mindset.
You need to understand a few things about where you’re going before you get there and have a little conversation with yourself about your motivations for going there.
You have to understand that where you are trying to go is not going to be a straight path the whole time. You will experience challenges along the way.
In these moments, you are going to need to remember why you are doing this if you are going to make it through.
The other thing that you have to come to reality with is that through this process, you will become a different person.
You need to recognize that you will find you are lacking certain skills and information at the beginning and that you will need to ask good questions to learn the way.
Now that you have a basic understanding of what is ahead of you, you need to equip yourself with the best motives so that when you face difficulties, you have the willpower to keep moving.
If you do not have a deep understanding of WHY you want this, you will not get it.
It’s important to note that what you are looking to feel is a particular reason that elicits an emotional response.
If you say “I want to lose 30 lbs.” and do not particularly feel any kind of emotional reaction to that, then you need to go deeper.
Someone who says: “I want to get in shape because my father died young of heart disease and I want to avoid that for my children.” Is going to have a greater emotional connection to achieving their goals than someone who simply says: “I want to lose 30 lbs.”
To help guide you down the right path and start you off on this journey, I have a few questions for you to answer on your own. I recommend writing these down on a piece of paper or on your phone so that you have them to look back on.
Question 1: What, Why, Why, Why?
First, figure out WHAT you want. Something like:
“I want to lose 30 lbs.”
Now, for the next three lines, answer the simple question “why.”
“Because if I lose 30 lbs. I will…”
“Because if ‘that’ then ‘this'”
Why do you want that?
Keep asking that until you hit on a reason that causes some emotions to bubble up inside you.
Question 2: What do I know that I need to do?
Write down everything that you KNOW you need to do to get your health in order.
Question 3: What is currently making it difficult to do those things?
Identify all the reasons why it is currently difficult to accomplish the things you wrote about in question 2.
Question 4: How can I get around those difficulties?
For each difficulty, you listed in question 3, try to come up with as many creative solutions as possible. Don’t worry about how realistic they are, just write down any solution you think of.
Question 5: Which of those solutions can I implement?
Write down the top 3-5 solutions from question 4. These should be solutions that you could see yourself implementing and sticking to.
These solutions are going to be your new life, so choose wisely.
Question 6: How soon can I start this?
Define a date that you can start putting your solutions into place.
Where do you go from here?
Okay, so you’ve answered these questions and have a better understanding of the road ahead of you and how you are going to get there.
Now that you have this in place, you are set up and ready to begin!
The only question now is which way do you go?
In part 2, I will point you in the right direction so you can start putting one foot in front of the other.
Jordan Tank, Personal Trainer, Columbus, Ohio
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