Change Your Habits To Change Your Health

7 October 2021
Habit Change

The ability to follow through on change is the biggest hurdle to changing our health.

That idea may not be a revelation, however, the mindset for change determines the likelihood of achieving our goals.


The three questions to ask yourself about change:
Do I have a desire for the change I seek?.

What habits do I need to embrace to achieve my desire?

Is there a plan to make this change?
If we examine these questions there are embedded questions above and below each question.

As a first principle, the energy for change arises from desire. Tony Robbins tells us that a person can overcome any what if they have a why. A desire is a why filled with emotion. The emotion of a thought propels us forward. 

For example, my personal desire is to remain healthy and active well into my 80's and 90's. Part of that regimen is participating in powerlifting competitions at the master level and I expect to do so well into the future. I don't always want to go to the gym to lift. It is hard. It is a grind. It is inconvenient. But, the desire to complete at 60, 70, 80 and 90 is such that I get to it. In fact, the emotions of regret and self-disappointment are so strong that I prefer to lift than to make an excuse. It is the emotion that drives me.

When the goal is strong enough in our own minds, it has meaning in our lives and creates energy to pursue it. It won't always be easy. It won't always be pleasurable. It won't always be timely. But it will always be in the back of your mind, in your heart and driving your energy.

For clients that I coach, the most critical question they must answer is "why do you want this?" The follow-through of the plan comes from desire. If there is no desire the best plan in the world is useless. 

If you are seeking change today, reflect on the desire behind the goal that will make the difference.
Written by Director, Jack De Leeuw