Last time I wrote about the habits that keep me strong, or those that I want to improve on.
However, there's one habit that has an even more powerful effect on me.
Not on just my healthy lifestyle, but on my whole life in general.
I have read in several articles that a new approach is needed when one reaches the Target Weight. It requires setting goals that are different from before, as the challenges are now different.
And the main challenge is motivation.
Instead of setting my focus on target weight, develop daily exercise, update nutrition routine or regularize sleep hours, my objective should be about something that has the healthy lifestyle as a "side effect". If I pursue my goal, the healthy life happens on the way.
I give it a lot of thought first, but surprisingly, it just emerged naturally.
In the past two years, as my friends saw the success of my healthy lifestyle, they come more and more for advice, tips, encouragement. And sometimes they asked me to join in on the way to give support on a consistent way.
This is not new to me, as I study coaching with Gestalt for the past two years, and I am involved in several coaching relationships myself. I enjoy coaching a lot, it gives so much results with little energy, and it is so much fun.
So the goal I set is to get engaged with others to support their healthy lifestyle development.
And this habit of supporting others seems to have the strongest effect on my healthy lifestyle. It gives me consistency, energy, fun. The paradox is that usually my target is to help someone to improve, but I noticed that it comes back, and I get changed during the process.
As I support someone to get in the daily dose of exercise, naturally, my exercise happens consistently in the same time.
When I listen to someone with active listening about the struggles to eat better, or to fit in exercise minutes, I discover that in fact I have those struggles, too.
When we brainstorm about how to organize healthy eating on business trips, the same practices happen on my own trips.
When we have a debate on how much calories are in a meal, and which one has more valuable ingredients, I pay more attention on those.
And when a friend reaches a healthy lifestyle goal, s/he gets motivated.
But what I observe is that in fact I get motivated in the same time.
Somehow, this became my most interesting healthy lifestyle habit.
I motivate others = I get motivated
And after sending a motivating message, I tend to scratch my head and just wonder:
So then, who's motivating who?
This is from Thursday, a powerwalk I made in Graz, next to the river Mur.
Whom do you help around you with healthy lifestyle development?
What effect has it on you?