Word of the Week: Change!

Change:

  • to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone.
  • to transform or covert. 
  • to substitute another or others for; exchange for something else, usually of the same kind.

Y’all have heard the saying, “Change is hard.” I agree, and disagree.

Change can be hard if you make it hard.

Change can be easy if you make it easy. Hhhmmmm.

Change

Let’s dig a little deeper.

Change is usually hard when we try to do too much at once. That’s what makes it seem overwhelming and difficult. What if we changed one small thing at a time until we made it a habit? THEN changed one more thing, then another, then another.

Let’s look at an example:

Client A: 
It’s January 1st, Jane is ready to start her new diet. It’s finally going to work this year! She walks twice a week, and sits at work all day. She has no current nutrition plan, she just eats whatever she feels like.
She commits to:

  • exercise 5 times a week
  • no sugar
  • no carbs
  • no alcohol
  • 1200 calories per day

Client B:
It’s January 1st, Jill is ready to start a new diet too. Her diet and exercise routine is similar to Jane’s. She’s been reading about all the healthy things she can change in regards to diet and exercise, but also remembers a study she read. It said something about changing too much at once will statistically drop your chances of success by each thing you try to incorporate. For the last 7 years, Jill used Jane’s approach, and she’s ready to try something else. She’s tired of yo-yo-ing EVERY January.
She commits to:

  • eating vegetables at every meal

What do you think happened?

If you can relate with Jane, you probably know that after a month or two of restriction, it’s easy to give up. Jane set herself up for failure by trying to change too much at once. She was frustrated with her results, upset with herself for not being “tough” enough to do what she set out to do, she lost a little weight but not as much as she thought she would, she’s stressed out, and she felt guilty every time she had sugar.

So, how did Jill do? She struggled some days to get vegetables at every meal, but was successful overall. About 90% successful. She felt confident because of her adherence, she felt better physically because of all the extra veggies, she lost a couple of pounds, and was ready to tackle a new task.

So how do you know what change to start with? That will be a personal preference, check out this post for some suggestions you can incorporate today.

Change doesn’t need to be hard, it needs to be made to be more simple.

ACTION STEP: Do you feel like you’ve made change too hard in the past because it was too drastic or unrealistic? Let’s change that. See what I did there? What is one small thing you can focus on changing this week?