There has been a lot of talk about change in the past few months.
We've heard calls for both sweeping socioeconomic changes and small, individual attitude shifts and pretty much everything in between.
In fact, is there ever a time you aren't bombarded with messages about changing something? Lose weight, upgrade your car, change your beverage of choice, so on and so forth.
These prompts pull us constantly, but why do we act on them in one moment and then ignore them the next? For me, this is the real question. What makes us change for good?
I have found that I am inconsistent about change. At times I am resilient in my efforts to change, in others I simply wish for change to find me and there are times where I simply can't find the time or reason to change anything, I crash and burn.
For me, it has everything to do with two things: a good start and a clear vision.
Jump starting a process of change can be difficult and really disheartening. What I propose is just pick a day, start when you wake up and do not quit until you go to bed. Make it a great day, a day of change and then shift your focus to tomorrow. One day at a time. Cliche? Yes. But 100% true.
Vision is also important here. If you can't see the end from the beginning, it's easy to get discouraged. Set high and very clear standards with and for yourself. Specific aims that you can plan for, work towards and measure progress. Just wishing to be better, doesn't cut it most of the time.
So, wherever you find yourself, we are here to help. This week, we want you to simplify things a bit and focus on just one habit, good or bad and resolve to change it.
Simple as that. Identify the habit, make a plan to change it and stick to it.
Our team loved this exercise and here are a few of their experiences:
"At the beginning of the year, like millions of other people, I set the goal to lose weight. I graduated high school weighing around 170 or so, but have since went up to the point where I've been over 200 for about 4 years now.
I started off the year doing pretty well at going to the gym almost everyday, trying to throw some healthier options in my diet, etc. After about a month of seeing little to no results, I backed away.
I got to the point fairly recently where I just had no doubt that I was in the worst shape of my life. I was eating and drinking anything and everything that I wanted, had literally no forms of physical activity in my life, and I just felt miserable in my own body to the point where it was literally a huge struggle to get myself out of bed in the morning.
I finally scheduled myself a doctors appointment (I hadn't been to a doctor at all since high school I think). I went in with an open mind, determined to take the doctors words and advice and act on them.
They started off by weighing me...227 lbs. I was instantly slapped in the face with the reality that something needs to change. The doctor talked to me about the real importance of nutrition and dieting, as well as getting in as little as 30 minutes of physical activity a day. They then did some blood work and I was then told I was on the verge of having high cholesterol, with decently high triglyceride levels. Needless to say, I left the doctor's office knowing for a complete fact that I was indeed in the worst shape of my life, and that I was on the road to further health issues.
The very next day, I started full force to changing my life. I forced myself to go to the gym early in the morning. I started drinking nothing but water, cut down drastically on my portions, and eliminated anything that I knew was not healthy out of my diet.
I've been at it for just over two weeks now, going to the gym 6 days a week, only drinking water, and eating less, and healthier. I am down almost 15 lbs already, I have so much more energy, and I just feel all around happier with my life.
This is a habit that I am really trying with my all to maintain. Lifestyle changes are some of the hardest things, and I can definitely say it is taxing on the mind and body. But the benefits are 100% worth it. If I can do it, there is no doubt in my mind that anyone else can." Dakota Corbin, Graphic Designer
"I recently discovered something called “The 5-minute Journal which encourages you to write 3 things you are grateful for, 3 things that will make the day great and an affirmation each morning. Then at night you write 3 good things that happened that day and one way you could have made the day better. I have not missed a day since starting it and helps to frame my days better and appreciate each moment." Nate Checketts, CEO
"I have always had a hard time being patient, especially with other people, especially on the road. This week I resolved to give people the benefit of the doubt while driving and it really has made my meager commute that much more enjoyable. I chose instead to focus on other things, listen to podcasts, etc. Plus, now I get to keep both hands on the wheel!" Ben Checketts, Director of Brand