KEEP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
The difference between those who succeed and those that fail is usually the ability to confidently see their finish-line ahead of them, and know that they will reach it. “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” (Norman Vincent Peale)
While the first step is sometimes the hardest, it’s also the most important. Make it easier by breaking down your goals into small, manageable pieces (this is part of your plan). Pick one thing you will change and work on that. Then, when that one is under control, take another; “by the inch it’s a cinch, by the yard it’s hard”. Start by adding something positive, like walking, or eating more fruit and/or vegetables, before you work on removing some negatives. The more positives in your life, the less room there is for negatives and the easier they will be to lose.
Even the most enthusiastic start to a health program can fizzle out in a few weeks without the right daily motivation. Motivation (“motive in action”) is the one thing that will keep you going through the ups and downs. Develop the attitude that it’s not something you really ought to get around to, it’s something you deserve that will enrich your life for years to come.
Here are some tips to help you stay motivated:
- Find a partner to join you on your journey to health (and a walking partner)
- Keep varying the food you eat and the exercise you get — don’t get bored.
- Be patient: realize that improvements don’t happen overnight.
- Challenge yourself, but also reward yourself.
- Include your children in this adventure as you lead by example.
Before long, you’ll find that this new approach becomes a way of life — something you are eager to get back to if (no when!) you take a break, reward yourself with something “sinful” or miss walking for a couple of days. It will become a part of the “new you”.
The Eight “P”s