Ever feel overwhelmed with responsibilities? Maybe you’re juggling caregiving duties, a demanding career, and perhaps even navigating the challenges of building a business. It seems like any number of things take priority while your weight loss goal takes a back seat. Or, it doesn’t get a seat at all!
Achieving long-term success in life requires prioritizing healthy habits. It’s non-negotiable. But that can be challenging to address when dealing with life’s demands.
I remember an interview from several years ago with Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton. His words really stuck with me. He emphasized the need to embrace change as a new way of life, where one identifies herself as “this is who I am now.”
Let that sink in for a minute.
That new identity requires a wholesale mindset shift, doesn’t it? Just like many of my clients who have reversed the belief that to be healthy is hard, altering our perspective is the crucial initial step toward embodying a genuinely healthy lifestyle—one that fosters energy and resilience for your best possible life.
Consider your day-to-day internal dialogue. Is it positive or negative, filled with possibilities or excuses? Does it instill hope and confidence? Or breed feelings of defeat and shame? How you see yourself shapes this conversation, influencing your behavior and, consequently, your current reality.
The stories we tell ourselves are often deeply ingrained, crafted over years or even decades. It’s not uncommon to be surrounded by others echoing similar stories—the “this is just the way it is” or “I can’t do anything about it” narratives. Envision the possibility of flipping the script and creating a fresh, new story.
While healthy habits themselves are important, your mindset is what determines whether or not you follow through consistently. It either propels you forward or hinders your progress. The key is to take charge of your mindset. Make it a partner as you navigate the challenge of incorporating health and your weight loss goal into your busy schedule.
Want to take the first small step? Start by recognizing the power of your self-perception and internal dialogue. Notice them. Then, challenge the ingrained excuses, and dare to envision a new story that empowers and motivates you.
By reshaping your mindset, you pave the way for a healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle—one that aligns with your goals and allows you to feel in control no matter what life throws at you. (Watch out for my next post that helps you do this 👏.)