I've seen it so many times…
A person decides it's time to lose weight or otherwise improve her (or his) health. So the first thing she does is try to figure out the steps she'll need to take in order to make that happen.
She focuses first on figuring out the "how"…
- "How will I lose this weight?"
- "How will I heal my pre-diabetic condition?"
- "How will I get enough exercise?"
But focusing first on "how" is a mistake...a mistake that will probably lead to failure.
Focusing on "how" is a mistake because it doesn't matter how good a plan you come up with to improve your health if you haven't handled the emotional issues that will keep you from making a change.
You've got to handle the upset or discouraged emotions you have about changing your behavior around food or exercise—or those emotions will sabotage the changes you are trying to make.
Put another way…
If you simply commit yourself to new behaviors (a "how") without handling the emotional implications, you'll just be using your willpower against your internal, emotional resistance.
And you will fail. And fail sooner, more likely, rather than later.
If you don't have your emotions handled, it won't matter how good a "how" you have—you'll eventually run out of willpower, get discouraged, and give up.
And that's why you shouldn't focus first on the "how" of losing weight (or of otherwise improving your condition).
THE HEALTH IMPROVEMENT CYCLE
You should focus first on understanding the cycle of emotions you'll go through on your journey to better health—what I call the "Health Improvement Cycle"—so your emotions can work for you, rather than against you.
It's important to understand the steps of the Health Improvement Cycle, because different steps in the cycle require different actions from you. The actions that work when you are at step 1 of the cycle, for instance, don't work once you get to step 3.
I'd like to offer you my free, 7-page PDF guide, "The Health Improvement Cycle: Your Secret to Always Knowing Where You Are in Your Health-Improvement Journey…and to Always Knowing What to do Next."
If you don't understand the Health Improvement Cycle, improving your health will be like playing a game when you don't know the rules. The game will be
- playing it will make you feel stupid, and
- in the end you will lose.
But if you understand the Health Improvement Cycle,
- you'll always know where you are in the process
- you'll always know what you should do next
- You'll see the "curve balls" coming—and you'll know how to respond to them
- You'll have a much better chance of both enjoying the process, and
- You'll have a much better chance of winning the game.