Updated: Mar 25, 2020
Change is healthy and necessary, and the fast paced world in which we live in is constantly changing, so if we fail to adapt and commit to change, then we may fail to thrive in life and in health. If you sit down and reflect honestly, you will probably observe that change is the only constant in our lives. It is imperative that we learn to adapt and commit to change. Below are a few ways to help you do just that!
#1: Define your commitment
First things first, define exactly what type of change you want to commit to. If you do not know what you are committing to, then you will never be able to truly commit to change. Be clear and honest while defining your commitment. Make a plan by defining why you are doing this and how you are going to do it. Use a notebook and clearly write down your commitment.
If you want to get stronger, lose a few pounds or gain muscle, you might decide you need to change your body. You must define why you are doing this; be as clear, honest and detailed as you can. Then draft a plan regarding the methods you are going to practice to achieve this, such as improving your eating habits and increasing your physical activity. Be even more clear by signing up for fitness classes, class pass or joining a new gym and consult a nutritionist or a health coach to help you with your eating.
Doing these things will make you aware of what you are actually committing to and prepare yourself for the work ahead.
#2: Don't be a spectator
The second thing to improve commitment to change is to make sure you are not "faking it," saying you want to change without participating in the effort. Commitment is an obligation that you can't fulfill if you do not fully engage with it.
Staying with the example we used above, you are just "checking the box" if you are just going to the gym to say you went to the gym, but not changing your eating habits as well. To get the best results and to fully embrace the change, you have to commit to an overall healthy lifestyle by going to the gym or a workout class and changing your eating habits. You must completely invest in yourself in what the change requires.
#3: Be persistent
Commitment requires you to be persistent. You can't back of your commitment out because you are finding it hard to adapt to change or if the change is not immediately working out for you. To acquire great results from the change, you have to be persistent. Again, using the example above, some days you will do well, eat healthy and go to the gym. Other days will not go so smoothly. Every day doesn't have to be perfect, but if you give up just because you had one bad day of eating, then that one small "failure" turned into a big failure, which doesn't have to happen! You must power past these small "failures" and try again the next day. You must be persistent and consistent to get the results your heart desires.
#4: Refresh your motivations
Motivation is not permanent; it requires revisiting and refreshing. Go back to your notebook where you defined your commitments. Re-read those reasons and plans that you wrote down while you were defining your commitments when you were powerfully motivated. This will reignite that spark and inspire you! If your motivations have changed, draft your plan again and add some new reasons to the list.
Committing to change, any change, is significant and can be daunting. Take some "baby steps" with these four tips to get started, and remember that slow and steady wins the race!
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