It’s not too hard to know what is good for us. We can study nutrition and learn about the benefits of exercise. Many are pretty good at doing all the right things – for a while…. Whenever you make a good choice, obviously, that’s good. However, if you really want the BIG PAYBACK of healthy living, daily practice is the ticket.
Here are just a few ideas to make the leap from sporadic good choices to a healthy way of life!
Take the time to individualize your method for making good choices your daily practice.
Find a way to track how much time you spend on your goals.
- Figure out exactly how much time you want to spend on different activities. I have a little 2013 planner (yes, the old fashioned paper kind!). On the inside back cover I have written my goals for how I’d like to spend time every day. I have specific times written for meditating, yoga, gardening, exercising, and writing. Those are my goals but I don’t think I need to be really rigid about this every day. It just helps to have thought out how my ideal day would be spent.
- Then, I log what actually happened each day. The benefits of logging are that it motivates me to remember to give time to all these things because I want to be able to write down that I did it! That might sound silly but it works for me.
- If I lapse in my logging, I just start again. No judgment. No worries. Just start again.
Take the time to research any “how-to” information that you need to guide your practice.
- For example, here are some free yoga videos.
Get connected to others who share your goal.
- Invite your friends to join you in your healthy activity. I’m doing the Oprah and Deepak 21-day Meditation Challenge. Here’s a link you can use to invite your friends (and yourself!) to join this challenge.
- Maybe you prefer to do your activities alone. You might want to just join an online challenge where you simply post about your progress and give support to others if you’d like. Here’s a link to a daily yoga challenge that I do.
Reward yourself when you accomplish a mini-goal.
- A mini-goal might be remembering to log for a whole week.
- Preplan your rewards. Pick rewards that support your overall goal.
- A great goal is to take the time for some healthy self-care.
A parting thought…
Your heart knows your song, but you have to be willing to listen to the words. ~Sue Rock