How to Build Belief and Gain Momentum Towards a Healthy Lifestyle

Aug 31, 2012

What if you woke up one day and said to yourself, "You know, being healthy and fit is easy." Then you gave thanks for the day in front of you and you enjoyed the day with the belief that you're a healthy and fit person.

What kind of day would that be? How would you live that day? Would you make different choices about what you ate and how you moved your body? I think you would.

Change Your Mind to Change Your Health

If you're trying to make any sort of change in your life it is going to start with changing your mind. You can't make a physical change unless you make the mental change first. This is especially true when it comes to getting in better shape or improving our health.

I used to be 33 pounds over weight and I felt horrible. I felt horrible because my health was bad. I had digestive problems, my energy levels sucked and I wasn't happy. When I woke up every day I would drag myself to the office and shove the free pastries down my throat without a second thought. I believed that I lacked discipline and control.

I even had thoughts that I should just get used to how I felt because that was how I was destined to be. I still worked out and tried to "eat healthy" a majority of the time. By "eat healthy" I mean eating a high fiber diet of bran flakes in the morning and sandwiches on whole wheat bread. For dinner I would have protein infused pasta and maybe some ice cream for dessert because it was a tough day.

Yet I would look in the mirror and wonder why I could never be lean and feel great.

Finally, standing in front of the mirror one day and looking at my belly, my love handles, my worn out look... I said, "ENOUGH!"

I made a shift in my mindset right there. Instead of just letting the day happen to me I decided to take charge by telling myself that I'm a healthy person that makes healthy decisions. It wasn't about perfection but it was about making healthy decisions a majority of the time.

When I made this shift in my mind something cool happened. When I would go to work and the pastries would be staring me down, I could ignore them without feeling like I was depriving myself. I was making decisions that healthy people make.

Then something else cool happened. Because I was able to ignore the pastries once, my mind told me that I was in control and that I did have discipline. At that moment I squashed the negative belief that was telling me that I lacked control and discipline.

This is what you have to do to make the shift to a healthy lifestyle.

The first thing is that you have to decide that you want to be healthy, energetic and fit. You have to truly want it. A good way to make this decision is to write out all the reasons why you want to be healthy and fit. You could also write out all of the things you want to avoid from being unhealthy. (Sign up to download our free Ridiculously Easy Guide to Paleo for help with this.)

Once you get the powerful why, and you've made the decision that you're a healthy person, then you need to establish this belief as reality. The best way I've found to do this is to take action right at the moment you make the decision. This will squash the limiting voice in your head because you just proved to yourself that you are healthy person that is in control.

So if you're looking in the mirror and you've made the decision to be that healthy person then the best thing you could do at that moment is take action right away. Go for a walk or jog, go to the gym or clean out the pantry of all the processed junk foods, invest in a program or course. Just take one step in the right direction to prove to yourself that you're making healthy decisions from that point forward.

Here's the simple version of this process...

Decision leads to action. Action leads to a concrete belief and belief will lead to change.

This process causes a snowball effect in your everyday life. Soon you'll be making healthy lifestyle decisions almost 100% of the time. Being healthy and fit will no longer be a challenge for you because it will become a core part of who you are as a person. You will wake up everyday and say, "Being healthy and fit is easy."

This is what helped me make a change in my life to become healthier on the inside and outside. It's up to you to make it happen for yourself.

Once you battle through your limiting beliefs nothing will stop you.

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