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Want A Successful Balanced Lifestyle? 5 Essential Things To Know
You have been inspired. Whether it was someone's super healthy, fit, fun Instagram profile, an article you read online or looking back over some old photos – you are motivated to make better choices, be epically healthy and get into tip top shape. You vow to eat clean, all organic and workout like a boss everyday. You will have a successful balanced lifestyle – an epic one at that. The plan is foolproof. You're set for sure.
Erm usually wrong!
Before you know it you've forgotten about your balanced lifestyle reform or worse, you're beating yourself up because it hasn't been doing as epically as you envisaged. You feel like a failure.
If this sounds like you, let me tell you it's not you! You likely haven't learnt some of the essential secrets to starting a successful balanced lifestyle – and in a world of instant gratification and faced paced media, that's not your fault.
Here are 5 of my essential secrets to starting a successful balanced lifestyle;
1. Slow and steady wins the race
I hate to break it to you, but this doesn't work. Nine times out of ten you're not going to get away with and instant reform.
Because your current habits, subconscious reactions and thought patterns are neatly coded into your brain. In order for lasting change these patterns and habits need to be recoded. Now that a whole other topic that I won't go into here. But essential you need to introduce new habits slowly and consistently.
Dr Maltz's scientific studies in the 60's, published in his book Psyco-Cybernetics, coins the popular notion that is takes a minimum of 21 days to form a habit. That is a minimum of 21 days to code a new pattern/habit in the subconscious.
2. Move your body daily
Set yourself something achievable so that you will do it. Like walking around the block at least once a day, and if you do more bonus points! You can feel extra good about yourself.
3. Start the day right
When you start the day right you are set up for success!
Can you see how this straight away sets the tone of success, energy and productivity for the day?
4. Get centered
When we can practice being centered, even just for a few minutes each day – we are taking a moment to stop and let all our thoughts settle. You feel a sense of calmness wash over you and in that moment everything seems manageable and okay.
5. Be kind to yourself
Persistence is key to making changes! Key key key. The road to success is always littered with perceived 'failure'. To be persistent you need to learn to be kind to yourself, forgive yourself, encourage yourself and be your own cheerleader.
In summary it is totally possible to have a successful balanced lifestyle – it is important to remember takes commitment and time. I challenge you to take on my 5 secrets listed above and see the uphill battle into a journey of self discovery.