Recently, I responded to an email from a client who was unsure about how and if she was or ever will be ready to take independent responsibility in meeting her personal fitness and wellness goals.
In other words, how can she push past the frustrating point of feeling “stuck” in her not-so-healthy habits? And more importantly, how does she independently incorporate healthier habits on a regular basis? Where and how does self-motivation turn into healthier daily practices?
My initial response in writing went a little something like this…
“…let me ask you a few questions to reflect upon (and maybe jot down some notes in your journal). Hint: some of these questions should sound familiar….
1. Why do you believe you are not “ready to really knock this out with as much independent responsibility” as you thought you would?
2. What is currently standing in your way of incorporating fitness and healthy nutrition habits into your daily life?
3. What is ONE action you can take TODAY to help you meet your fitness and wellness goals?
4. Take some time to reflect upon why exercise and personal fitness is important to you. Envision your fittest self. How do you look? How do you feel? What types of foods do you eat or not eat? How do you days flow? How much sleep are you getting?
As you know, I truly believe fitness and wellness are important things to prioritize in all of our lives. But it’s difficult to break the cycle of current habits and incorporate new ones into our daily lives. A quote by Frederick Douglass comes to mind. “Without struggle, there is no progress.” Remember, there will be a struggle at first, but progress is ah-coming! The hard part is pushing forward through the struggle. I have a lot of creative ideas to help push (and support) you through the struggle, but ultimately, the choice is yours.
As the old saying goes, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink it.”
You know what water is and what it can do for you. You can see the water. You can even think about the water. You can talk about the water. You may even fall into the water! But it’s up to you to decide when you will take a critical step and drink the water. That action all in itself reflects self-motivation, determination, focus, and demystifies the process of starting something that nurtures our well-being.
Take a day or two to reflect on the questions above and I’ll touch base with you via phone later this week.”
Check out Part 2 of this two part blog post.