Have you ever heard the saying, “Decisions determine destiny”?
It can also be said that our thoughts determine our decisions. Thoughts originate in the brain and are a product of our experiences. They have the power to drive positive change or destroy our desire to make healthy changes altogether. Because our thoughts determine our decisions, every decision we make either moves us closer to or further away from our goal of a healthier lifestyle. To ensure that we get closer to our desired healthy lifestyle, we must change our thinking.
Have you ever been in a situation where you were determined to eat better?
Then you went to a party and told yourself over and over that you were only going to eat one cookie… but before long, you had said it to yourself 10 times—and each time another cookie had taken its place in your tummy.
Or maybe you have been determined to start a new exercise routine. But when you hear the alarm go off to get up and start exercising, you think to yourself, “There is no way I can get up. I’m too tired. I will exercise this evening.” Then you find yourself laying in your bed that night saying, “I will get up tomorrow morning and exercise.”
Each of these decisions was preceded by a thought that originated in your mind.
There will always be an alternative to making a healthy choice. In order to change your thoughts or overcome the thoughts that keep you from succeeding, it will require the right motivation and knowledge. Everyone has a different motivation to live healthier. Some want to feel better and have more energy in order to be more productive. Others want to live to see their children or grandchildren grow up. And many are motivated to get in great shape to look more attractive. Whatever the motivation, it has to be strong enough to override the thoughts that keep you from making healthy choices. Canceling out the negative and replacing it with the positive will often be determined by how strong your motivation is.
Getting to a place of health and wellness takes time. Every thought created by your subconscious isn’t just going to disappear overnight. Rewriting your thoughts is going to require effort, but a steady dose of knowledge about how to eat healthier and exercise can make the transition easier. There is a lot of information out there so more often than not it is best to stick to the basics. Exercise is good for you, this isn’t really debatable.
So when that alarm clock rings get out of bed. Use your motivation to get moving even if it is just to get you out the door and around the block. Eat a healthy variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and lean meats. Avoid processed foods and too many calories that come from large portions. The dessert spreads are always hard to resist but if you can’t eat just one you might not even want to look.
Allow your mind to become an agent for achieving health and wellness. There are powerful resources to help you make these changes and one of the best is “Think: Use Your Mind To Shrink Your Waistline.” Anyways check it out if you are looking for the formula to unlocking the power of your mind.