Lifestyle Magazine

Your Brain Is Sabotaging You!

July 19, 2017

How often have you set out to rid yourself of unhealthy lifestyle habits only to end up right where you started?

The truth is, it’s really hard to shake bad habits for healthier ones. It’s why gyms are full come January 2nd and empty by February 1st!

Humans just don’t like change.

In fact, your brain is wired to sabotage any sudden behavior change – even if it’s good for you.

According to your brain, the fact that you survived yesterday and the day before is evidence that what you’re doing is working. And there’s absolutely no reason to fix something that isn’t broken.

But have hope because you can do it!

You just need to understand how your brain works so  you can “trick” it into making healthier choices.

It’s a Marathon Not a Sprint

When people decide to adopt a healthier lifestyle, they tend to jump right into the thick of things and start making drastic changes.

If the goal is to work out regularly, they suddenly start going to the gym for hours every day. This causes their brains to sabotage the process.

Remember: When it comes to lifestyle changes, it’s best to dream big but start small.

Make small incremental changes until you get to where you want to be.

Start with a small step and repeat it until it becomes a habit that you can do on autopilot – even when you’re not in the mood. Then, move on to the next small step.

It’s the Little Things

It’s fun to daydream about how you’re going to lose 50 pounds or run a marathon.

The challenge with such life-changing dreams is that they trick you into biting off more than you can chew, leading to overwhelm, frustration and discouragement because you’re doing too much at once.

Set your goal(s) and choose “mile posts” of achievement along the way.

Maybe you set a mile post of achievement for each two pounds that you lose; you get the idea. You can apply this concept to anything in your life that you decide to change.

When you do this, you’ll have mini-victories along the way as you make progress towards your big goal.

Embrace the process of “little” wins.

Focus on your progress no matter how small because progress = a healthier direction.

Progress = a better life.

Accountability Buddy

Holding yourself accountable is hard, so get an accountability buddy!

An accountability buddy helps you to stay focused on your goals, inspires and encourages you to keep going.

It can be a friend, family member or spouse who knows your goals and isn’t afraid to be honest about how you’re doing. It can also be someone with similar interests who is happy to walk with you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle.

Remember that momentum is your greatest asset when you’ve decided to make a lifestyle change. So start small because once you get going, there will be no stopping you!

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