You won’t get lasting results if you’re not consistent. And the easiest way to be consistent is to create a sustainable routine.
Let’s say you’re trying to exercise more and decide to go for a 30-minute walk every day. You’ve established a goal, which is great, but how are you going to ensure you actually follow through with it?
First, start by setting a time each day that you’ll do your walk. Maybe it’s in the morning when you take your dog out or right after you drop your kids off at school. Whenever it is, you just want to make sure it’s realistic!
Second, remove the thinking and make it a non-negotiable. Let’s take brushing your teeth as an example. You probably don’t think twice about doing it in the morning and at night because it’s just what you do. Going for your 30-minute walk should be just like brushing your teeth.
If you fall off track with your healthy routines, it’s helpful to have what I like to call an “anchor” that you can rely on to help you get back in the swing of things.
An anchor should be something simple and easy to do. You don’t want to make it too complicated because then you likely won’t do it or be consistent with it.
For me, my anchor has always been having a morning green juice. It’s something that doesn’t feel too overwhelming, and it makes me feel good.
After a few days of doing this, I find that my motivation to continue making healthy choices starts to pick up, and it becomes easier for me to get back on track with my other healthy routines.
You will not get lasting results with a negative mindset.
Let’s say you’re trying to start a meditation practice. If you feel like you’re forcing yourself to meditate, you likely won’t stick with it for long. Focus on the positive and how you will feel after doing it.
So rather than saying:
“I HAVE to meditate right now, but I really don’t want to.”
“I’m grateful to have a few minutes just to myself where I don’t have to think or worry about anything. I’m excited to feel at ease afterward.”