Lifestyle change is an evolutionary process. If a lifestyle was capable of being changed overnight, there would be no need for self-help aisle in the bookstore. Everyone would be well-dressed, self-employed, driven, and the motivation to succeed would be endless. Unfortunately, change takes time and is often too overwhelming for most people to contemplate. It is essential for an individual to begin weaving healthy habits into their life in order to help facilitate lifestyle change. It's not enough for an individual to think about changing problem behaviors they must take immediate action and incorporate behavior change in their daily lives. It is the "doing" that essentially jump starts lifestyle change. Another key factor that helps to insure behavior change is motivation. The individual must feel motivated enough to begin examining their lifestyle tendencies in order for there to be behavioral change.
In order to have a successful lifestyle change the individual needs to take responsibility and become self-reliant. If the individual relies on others for motivation or confidence they are essentially giving up responsibility and control. It is also important to note the difference between a "lifestyle change" and "dieting". Some individuals come to believe they are being proactive and initiating a lifestyle change by crash dieting with 10 days of just water and grapefruit. This is not a lifestyle change. Being able to wake up in the morning and have a positive attitude all the while forgiving yourself for mistakes that you have made- that's a lifestyle change.
5 Lifestyle Change Strategies
What will keep you motivated?
It's ok to ask for help.
Know how to reward good behavior
You can overcome setbacks.
Refrain from emotional eating.
It is important to always approach lifestyle change with excitement because it will increase your motivation to stay on track. Give yourself permission to be imperfect and don't expect miracles in the beginning. Be prepared for constant change in you and your emotional state. Lifestyle change is all encompassing and will not only change you physically, but it will change your entire outlook on life. Allow yourself to reach your full potential and make sure to motivate yourself no matter how hard achieving your goals might seem. Stay confident and always believe in yourself.
Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it. ~Plato