Updated: Jul 12, 2019
“We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.” ~Galileo Galilei
Here's a little story. I got sick. I wanted to be well. I changed my diet. And then I improved some of my lifestyle choices. I got well. I had increased energy like I never dared to dream. I lost 30 pounds. You noticed. You asked me what I did so that you could do the same. I told you what I did.
You didn't necessarily do it. Even though you may really have wanted the same results.
If there is anything I've learned in my time as a health coach, it's that I'm not special because of what I did. It's just that, in hindsight, I didn't skip any of the necessary steps. I didn't even realize it at the time but, I have since discovered how it was that I made permanent behavior changes that resulted in my long term success which, turns out, is incredibly rare & hard to do.
Your human brain is hardwired for you to "stay the same" (conserve energy). In the event you intentionally do not stay the same, it is because you intentionally chose something different and took the necessary action to change. Humans really only chose 'different' & 'change' for a reason. Their reason. Not anyone else's reason.
My reason was that I wanted to be well & energetic to fully live my life. I wanted to be Mom (which I had become only a year before my health took a nosedive) and I wanted to experience life to its fullest. Once I took the leap and transformed my diet and began experiencing healing, I was all in! I wanted more!
I set clear intentions, anticipated obstacles, removed barriers, dealt with the mental objections that inevitably come up, and so on because I wanted to be well and I believed I could be well. There was no ambiguity about why I was doing what I was doing.
Despite the human brain being inherently committed to habits (existing habits, not new habits), I was committed to developing new habits.
I made enormous and sweeping changes to my diet and saw incredible results. But I was sick and motivated. Not everyone is where is was (some are! and an alarming number of people are headed there!).
Not being so sick was my WHY.
While it might seem like I shifted my habits relatively quickly, I was very purposeful about how my new choices changed my everyday life. There were certainly some surprises. But I stayed very conscious of them, worked through them as they arose, and stayed dedicated to my WHY.
Find your WHY, make it big, take massive action, and don't let go.