Motive Mondays #4 – How To Develop A Healthy Habit

– Disclaimer – 

None of the information written below or supplied by links is suitable for follow without a doctor’s consent.

Research for this article wasn’t all too surprising, until I asked for a second opinion:

“If you’re not passionate about health, you can’t.”

Now, whether or not this opinion is completely misguided, is of no consequence.  

The fact that one person believes it means others do as well and there’s no way this article will stick until someone explains otherwise.

So, first things first.

 

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Passion Isn’t Everything

While passion may be a helpful part of developing a habit…it isn’t necessary.

Passion may determine the degree of difficulty for creating a habit, for example it’s easier for me to consistently go to the gym than it is for you…

but that difference between us doesn’t determine if the habit is developed at all. 

Health, just like love or family, is a principle that’ll always be a part of our lives, whether we refuse to believe it or not.

And just like finding someone special and losing a loved one is inevitable, so is losing your health and/or feeling on top of the world.

On the other hand, a passion for writing or drawing will be the determinant of whether or not an individual ever excels at either.

Anyone can develop healthy habits…for some of us it’s just easier. 

 

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A Three Step Process

Stephen R. Covey in his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People defines a habit as, “the intersection of knowledge, skill, and desire”.

Knowledge and skill are relatively simple, but desire is tricky. 

Stephen further explains, “Knowledge is the what to do and why. Skill is the how to do. And desire is the motivation, the want to do“.

My influence extends only to skill and a little to desire…which I’ll explain in a bit. 

For example, if your goal might be to start going to the gym to lose weight, I will provide the how to do, by explaining what to expect on your first day.

Or if you’ve been struggling with eating vegetables and would like an easy, effective method to do so, I’d give you 3 easy ways to add more greens to your diet.

NOTE – Whatever the habit or however big/small, my job is to provide the skill.

Next comes the hard part, desire…you’re up. 

 

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The “Hard Part”

There’s no sugar coating it, it will take your desire…but I can help. 

Every time a stomach ache prevails, or your self-esteem is at an all time low, I want you to do something very simple.

I want you to refer back to any health magazine/website you know, regardless if it’s mine or not and I want you to simply, keep reading.

Keep looking for answers. Keep arguing with yourself. Keep trying. 

I believe the biggest reason so many people lead unhealthy lives isn’t because they lack motivation, but because they don’t want more for themselves. 

Or not even that, they’re just not aware of what they can have instead.

These daily consequences that are guaranteed with an unhealthy lifestyle can serve to motivate you, if you just let them. 

Let these stomach aches and break outs motivate you because eventually, they will push you over the edge and when that day happens…change will follow.

 

 

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress”

                                              Fredrick Douglass

 


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