Play Tip No. 5: stop the all-or-nothing mindset
How to find the time for PLAY (exercise) when you think you can’t!
Tip No. 5: Stop the all-or-nothing mindset.
Let me know if this sounds familiar.
Say you have a high motivation for change.
So, you set a big goal, like losing 25 pounds or more and start a new rigid program.
You swear off all the food you’ve “Googled” not to be part of your new “health routine,” like carbs, alcohol, sugar, fat… You commit to getting to bed earlier, buy brand new running shoes, and start jogging 30 min a day.
Monday comes, and you ACE it, and the next few days too.
Then, life throws you a “curveball.”
You are stressed, working from home, juggling a million things – and you haven’t been able to eat well, move your body, and forget about getting a good night’s sleep!
Now what? There is no way you can stick to the protocol.
All of those changes you swore you’d make are gone out the window.
You feel frustrated, anxious, and ashamed that you can’t stick to a diet or exercise plan, and it feels like you are back to square one.
You want to feel better, and somehow you are in front of the freezer, overeating the ice cream, chips, or whatever is in your cupboard.
The all-or-nothing mindset is a reality, and overcoming it is hard.
Unfortunately, now the goal you set with all the best intentions seems unattainable.
But you are not alone.
Millions of people trying to make positive changes make this mistake every day by setting a goal, getting into the all-or-nothing mindset, and failing.
And one of the most significant side effects of that all-or-nothing mindset is that it leaves you worse off than when you started.
How do you fix this cycle?
Stop the “all or nothing” mindset and START small daily habits that are sustainable.
Play is a catalyst for feeling good, and when you feel good, you eat better.
And when you eat better, you sleep better. It’s a positive spiral for your mental and physical health – they go hand in hand.
Sadly, we’ve done a disservice to people by expecting them to think that fitness is separate from life itself, just as you can assume that work and play are two different things.
And, recent World Health Organization (WHO) statistics reveal that “one in four adults, and four out of five adolescents, do not currently get enough physical activity.”*
The only way to make a permanent change is to have a sustainable system or process to get the desired outcome.
Successful change happens in stages over time.
It’s NOT all or nothing.
Your friend and coach, Jan xox
P.S. When you are ready to start making some positive changes, I’m here. Let’s talk! Click HERE to book a free discovery call, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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