“What do we know about change? Change is possible… Lasting change is best… Change is a challenge… Change is possible.” –Dr. Michael Vallis

 

In earlier blog posts about change, we discussed (a) choosing the path of change that works for your life and (b) how to create lasting change. At some point you will find your strength and feel comfortable walking the path you’ve chosen. That’s where we come in today. Chances are if you’re just beginning your change/goal/reformulation of self this year, you won’t be in this stage for quite some time. It is important to remember: changing your behavior is a process, not a single event.

 

There are no shortcuts to most meaningful and lasting lifestyles changes; no magic pill or wonder powder. There IS however a formula that may be helpful called: The Ever Realistic, Highly Variable, No Nonsense, No Numbers Equation to Success. Don’t worry if you’re not a math whiz as there are no numbers to figure out here. Everything that you have learned and all the skills you have gained thus far create your ability to change. All of these factors will feed into your ultimate success in time. 

 

Equation: The Ever Realistic, Highly Variable, No Nonsense, No Numbers Equation to Success

 

(Hard Work + Positive Attitude)  x  (Motivation + Ability) (Time) = Success!

(Passivism +Negative Attitude)

 

The truth is this equation doesn’t work without you. Your success is all relative to your expectations. Celebrating the small victories is just as important as reaching your ultimate goal. Allow yourself to take moments to celebrate you and remember that success comes in stages not all at once. If your goal was to lose weight, chances are you aren’t quite there in one month. Maybe you have lost 2 pounds but you have more energy and are able to play longer with your children. Your results are all relative to what success means to you. Consider, what is important enough to keep you motivate to continue this journey? The wonderful thing about being human is that we are constantly changing and evolving!

 

Need help getting started with a health goal or keeping your motivation? Contact a registered dietitian to help you navigate the complicated world of food and nutrition on your journey to a healthier you.

 

Do you remember our steps from the previous weeks? Take a moment to consider them again.

 

STEP FOUR: STEPS TO STAYING ON THE PATH

  •       Put yourself into The Ever Realistic, Highly Variable, No Nonsense, No Numbers Equation to Success

  •       Celebrate all of your success

 

STEP THREE: STEPS TO WALKING AND STUMBLING THROUGH CHANGE

  •       Be positively positive and passionate about your goal

  •       Compliment yourself at least once a day, every day

  •       Take an inventory of what enables you to succeed, and barriers to your goal

 

STEP TWO: ONE BIG STEP ON THE PATH TO A BETTER YOU

  •       Create SMART goals to set yourself up for success!

 

STEP ONE: THREE BIG STEPS TOWARD THE PATH TO A BETTER YOU

  •       Accept the fact that change is hard and it takes time.

  •       Love yourself. Be positive about your own change and don’t put yourself down.

  •       Find your drive, your motivation.

 

References

  1. http://www.behaviourchangeinstitute.ca/Welcome.html

  2. http://star.psy.ohio-state.edu/coglab/Miracle.html

  3. http://www.dietitiansns.com/index.html#!jumpstart-your-health/c2ef

  4. http://www.dietitiansns.com/index.html#!how-to-find-your-own-path/c1ow3

  5. http://www.dietitiansns.com/index.html#!walking-the-path/c1oy4

Staying on the Path (or in its general area)

by Kelly Whalen

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