Crowding Out Step 6:
Find your BIG WHY
How often do you find yourself in this loop: I have the best intentions, I try so hard, but I get tired and lazy and my health seems to takes the back seat…
Let’s break out of that loop. Let’s make those “best intentions” a reality. Because relying only on willpower doesn’t work. We have a maximum of 2-3 willpower choices per day. That won’t get us too far.
The most powerful way to create more tangible motivation for healthy eating is by tapping into your BIG WHY.
What is your reason for wanting to be healthier? To lose weight? To have more energy? Whatever your practical goal, what’s the motivation behind it? That’s where your power comes from, and can help you stick with this in the long term.
Watch the video to learn a bit more about what my motivation is, where my BIG WHY comes from.
I’m going to suggest one simple step for you to get started: keeping a food journal. For just 3 days. Download the PDF here.
NB: This journal is NOT about tracking calories.
It’s about drawing connections between what you’re eating and how it affects your energy, digestion, mood, sleep, etc. And it’s about cultivating gratitude (check the last line of the journal).
Because being HAPPY is a key component of being healthy.
Not only does stress have a huge impact on your body and mind, but there’s no point being healthy if you’re not happy, right?
So thinking of something each day that you’re grateful for, or that makes you smile, is a fantastic way to start bringing more of that gratitude and happiness in your life.
Our brains are built to focus on the negative. It’s a survival mechanism. If we didn’t focus on what was going to kill us, we would die. So our neuropathways are built around looking for the negative.
But here’s the good news: we can redraw these neuropathways.
Scientists once thought that they were hardwired into our brains, once we set them up in childhood and reinforced them throughout our lives, we had no chance to change the patterns.
But they’re now finding that with concerted effort to do things like meditate on and consciously reinforce the positive aspects of our lives, we can rewire our brains to feel happier and more fulfilled. It’s called neuroplasticity.
It’s like scientific proof of buddhist practice – but you don’t have to follow buddhism to take advantage of the effects. Here’s what I’m going to suggest: practice gratitude.
Check in with our Facebook group to let us know what your BIG WHY is in doing this. I would love to hear what motivates you!