Have you ever set out to clean up your diet only to find yourself snacking on your favorite treat 3 days later. Then comes the intention of; “Oh, I’ll start fresh next Monday”
As strong as our intentions may be, our mind has some funny ways to go about taking shortcuts and completely bypassing positive habits that we want to develop. Our emotions are incredibly powerful in controlling what we do.
When training clients, especially the ones doing my 6 week online challenge one of the things I like to lay out right from the beginning are weekly and daily micro goals. Since the challenge is done online and I don’t get to see them in person, we had to develop a system that could keep everyone on track on a daily basis. I began teaching everyone about willpower in order to keep track with those habits....until I realized a pattern among those getting results that was far more powerful and effective.
You can use this one thing to skyrocket your results, in many areas of your life. This one thing can also crush your potential if not used correctly.
This one thing can dictate how consistent you'll be with your new habits and how far along you will go.
What is this one thing?
Environment is far stronger than willpower.
If you use a big plate, you’ll probably eat more. If you use a big cup and you’ll probably drink more, If you use a big spoon, you’ll most likely eat more. Leave unhealthy snacks within site at your office, and you’ll probably find yourself enjoying those. If you stuffed yourself during a dinner out then the server takes your plate away and replaces with a fresh, clean one for dessert--you’ll probably find yourself eating the dessert, even though you may be full.
Let's say your kitchen is filled with processed and sugary foods you should avoid. Would it make more sense to constantly fight cravings each time you find yourself hungry in the kitchen....or keep the unhealthy stuff out of the house for good?
I say if you really want that ice cream, go out of the house and get it. Most of the time, you won't do it. There are too many steps to get there; put shoes on, get in the car, deal with traffic, etc.
Put obstacles in the way of unhealthy habits and you’ll be more likely to avoid them. The opposite goes for positive habits; place ready to eat fruits and veggies within site of opening the fridge and you’ll be more likely to grab them. Lay out your workout clothes the night before…and you’ll dramatically increase your chances of getting that morning workout.
If you have limited willpower, that willpower is best invested in setting up a positive environment rather than wasted on having to fight against a poor environment.
This goes beyond the kitchen too. Learn to protect your environment in life. Keep screens out of the bedroom so you get better sleep, avoid toxic people as they can drain you, wake up earlier and develop a power hour where you focus on self improvement (this includes relaxation activities such as meditation). Schedule your workouts so it's part of your daily regimen. Sometimes it's good to schedule a phone call to relatives too!
Create a positive environment to develop a healthier life!
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