Did you ever wonder what is the secret to change? Let’s face it, change is hard to do. If you are trying to workout on a regular basis and you haven’t achieved that yet, change has not happened for you. We all work and move with our emotions. Our feelings make up our actions. This is where your “why” comes into the equation. Why do you want this change to happen? Why do you want to be healthy? There is always a why that moves you to join a gym, start exercising, and change your diet. In order to create change and stick with it, you have to be emotionally connected to the importance of the change. It has to be strong enough to drive you to get to the gym everyday. Think about it, what you grab to eat all the time is driven by your mind. It’s an emotional decision. It’s how you feel at that moment. One of the tricks of mastering your emotions is to slow down. Your mind is so powerful. When you have a goal, you have steps that you need to get there. Those steps are compromised by your emotions. For example, you’ve had a long day at work and your coworker makes you upset. Your emotion says, just go home and rest. You’ve had a tough day and the last thing you should do is spend more energy and go workout. If you want to actually achieve your goal, successful people will slow down at that moment and talk themselves back into getting to the gym. All it takes is stopping and talking to yourself. Dig deep and say, what is my goal? Why did I want to achieve that goal? How will achieving that goal make me feel? Just by doing this you will realize that if you make the right decision and stick with your goal you will be in a better state than if you skipped. Think long term. Don’t make decisions based on immediate gratification. This is not what successful people do.
Who are you going to listen to? Immediate gratitude or long term success?