The 4 Ways To Succeed.
Since coming to work in Peak Chiropractic and Kinesiology my life changed as it is changing for many of our clients. This is not only because of getting adjusted every week for nearly a year now, which massively helps my nervous system to work better and cope more efficiently with working, studying and training but also because it is a place that has opened my mind to how many things affect our health and wellbeing and how powerful our mind really is.
Learning more about it, I have recently been listening to author of many successful books and creator of RTT- Rapid Transformational Therapy, Marisa Peer. There is one of the videos that stands out so much, that this blog is dedicated to it: 4 simple ways to achieve our goals.
Every day we see people in the clinic who know they must do something more to improve their health, like lose weight, change sleeping habits, change job or whatever it is that helps to reduce stress and increase the level of happiness and satisfaction but they find themselves procrastinating or unable to start.
Very often we know what we want to achieve but are not exactly sure or happy when the bit of actually doing the hard work starts. That is normal. Our brain is designed to protect us from discomfort.
However, our mind also believes what we tell it to be the truth. So if we tell ourselves that working out is the worst thing, we hate it and it is tiring and painful, there is very little chance that we will achieve the body that we want or that the pain in our knee or back will disappear if it is linked to our weight.
The good news it, that we can change it. Our thoughts control feelings. Feelings control actions and actions control the outcome of events.
So if you change your thinking, you can change everything. So if we want to change how we feel about something, we have got to start with thinking about it in different way and use positive, enthusiastic language.
The words that we use are important. We need to shape the reality, the NOW reality. Going back to working out. Let’s say you hate squats. Try to do them but telling yourself while you do them that your body loves them, feels amazing. Imagine that your body is turning into a fat burning machine and tell that to yourself. Try it now if you hate squats. It changes completely how you feel about that exercise.
So words are important. If you want to make positive changes, talk to yourself and about the thing you got to do in a positive and exciting way. There are four secrets to having an amazing self-discipline that Marisa talks about in one of her videos. Simple things, yet very effective.
You must do what you don’t want to do first.
So if you don’t like doing something, do it first. Let’s say that you don’t like going to the gym or working out. Do it first if you want to succeed. Once you get it out of the way, you will feel like a winner and be more motivated to keep going. It may not be easy at first and it will require conscious work but with time you will create a habit that will become part of who you are.
Take action every single day in the direction of your goal. No matter how small the action is. The most important thing is that you are wiring your mind towards the goal. Let’s say you want to be more flexible. It doesn’t mean that you have to stretch for an hour every day. But do something that improves your flexibility each day- get adjusted, do 5 min stretch in bed or take couple short breaks at your desk to do bit of ‘desk yoga’. Do little bit but do something. If you commit to doing something every day, then you have no way to say ‘ I will do it tomorrow’ and then end up not doing it at all.
Let’s say that you like your cappuccino in the morning or watching movie or even read a book. Reward yourself only once you have done a task. Then you will feel that you have earned it and you will be able to enjoy it more.
Praise yourself. Whatever you are doing, use positive language to prise yourself. Your mind believes what you tell it. So if you work on your business, tell your mind that it is the most amazing business. Use positive and exciting words. If you work out, tell yourself that your body you are loving the exercise, even if it is not true in that moment. It will eventually become true. Tell yourself how amazingly well you are doing when you do the things that bring you closer to your goal.
The result of doing the things will mean that when you go to bed at the end of the day, you will feel like a winner and good about yourself.
If the habits feel like unnatural at the beginning, it doesn’t matter. Our brain rewires all the time and changes. Habits are learnt in that way. Peeing in the toilet one day was not natural to you, but it became natural with time. So can become working out or taking a moment in the morning to meditate.
Taking care of our health is a multidimensional and lifelong commitment. It is lifestyle. If we are our best and functioning optimally we can give to others the best of us and not what is left from us.