Moving onto one of the more important components of a program and still one I know I struggle with.
People talk frequently about willpower, however (and I have said this before) willpower is a myth. The key is to keep going even when things get tough. Much of the strategies to do this have already been addressed in previous articles and blogs. This is what we call persistence and consistency and no matter how many difficult situations you find yourself in, this will get you back on track and meeting your goals no matter what.
Now that we KNOW based on the previous 8 steps that we need to overcome common stumbling blocks, articulate your vision, find inspiration, chose a direction, design goals and strategies and get a reality check. Let's focus now on practicing these strategies.
How? You ask.
1. Surround yourself with excellence! This may include finding success stories and reading them often, associating with positive people and sharing your vision statement. Finally, demote those who are non-supportive.
2. Makeover the physical environment with cues to success (objects, photos, inspiring quotes and several stress busting strategies to turn to). This also includes removing the negative cues! If you know Oreos are your weakness, don't buy them!!!!
3. Go public, the more people who know about your goals, the pressure you will have not to fail. If you let everyone at work know you are actively working to eat healthy, then it becomes harder to say yes to take out.
4. Reward success, acknowledge all the hard work you are doing (preferably with non food rewards) but dont dont dont punish your slip ups. Just get back up and keep marching forward.
This was article 9 in the 10 article series MIND OVER BODY designed to end emotional eating and create a more permanent healthy lifestyle . Down to one article left and I hope you have learned as much from this as I have!
What are your strategies for maintaining consistency and persistence in the face of difficulty?