It’s a question we all too rarely ask ourselves. Now, most of us will like the idea of change – of improving something about our health and lifestyle, our job, ourselves – it could be anything, really. But is it just the idea of it that you like? Or are you actually ready for the realities of what that change will bring?
Now, I would never discourage someone from pursuing changes, and a large part of what we do at Core Training is help others implement changes, but sometimes it is the case that people simply are not ready for the changes they might believe they want. Change is hard, and most of us seem to be predisposed to dislike change, no matter how small or insignificant that may be! Think about it, how many times have you seen people complain (or complained yourself) about the layout of Facebook changing, or not liking how the new iPhone update looks? I know I’ve done it…
If we are resistant to changes as ‘small’ as these ones, why do we not consider the impact of, and difficulty in adhering to much bigger, significant changes to our lives? While I cannot that question, I can say right here that it’s something we should all be doing!
While it is admirable to want to improve yourself - whether it be losing or gaining weight, improving their diet composition, looking to give up a bad habit or improve their overall level of fitness – that realities of that improvement need to be looked at before starting.
So, take a moment to ask yourself the following questions:
Are you prepared to make sometimes-difficult changes?
- It is rarely easy to implement significant changes to your daily lifestyle. Reducing calorie intake, increasing activity levels, changing the way you eat all take hard work and commitment. If you are not in a position to change what you are currently doing, then are you in a position to change yet?
Are you willing to make some sacrifices along the way?
- This could mean sacrificing an extra hour in bed in the morning to go and exercise, or occasionally turning down dessert when eating out, or opting for a less indulgent choice. This could mean sacrificing a couple of hours at the weekend to prepare your food for the week ahead. These little sacrifices can come in all different forms, but will need to be taken at least some of the time if you want to reach the end result.
Are you prepared for setbacks along the way?
- Like I’ve said, change is rarely easy. Similarly, progress is rarely linear. There will be times when you will feel like you aren’t progressing, and even times when you might feel like you are going backwards. Will you be able to trust the process, and keep going on even when things are going against you?
Now, it is not a necessity to be able to answer all of these questions positively – but at the very least we need to be aware of what will come with making significant changes – so that when problems and issues arise we are ready to tackle them and push on towards our goals.
Occasionally, it turns out that we might not actually be ready for the changes that we think we want – and in these times we need to realize that the best course of action is probably not to force these changes upon ourselves, but instead to say:
What do I need to do to be ready for these changes?
You may just need a bit more time, you may need to finish something else first, or prepare yourself more before attempting these changes.
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