Deep, long lasting and empowering change. That’s what you really want here isn’t it?
That change where you look back and go, wow, 2015 was the year I sorted that thing out.
In our case, the ‘that thing’ is sugar or sweet food. The sorting is establishing a healthier relationship with it.
So what is really behind change of the long lasting type?
On crucial linchpin is a clear understanding of your WHY.
The thing which pulls you through the tougher moments. The cause that keeps you trying, that maintains your motivation and that pulls you back on track after a wobble.
So how you do work out what your WHY really is?
Well, you talk to yourself like a curious (& somewhat annoying) young child by asking yourself it way more times that you’re comfortable with (I’d say at least 5!).
Let me walk you through an example:
I want more control over sugar….Why?
So I don’t eat sugary things when I blatantly don’t need them…Why?
So I don’t put on weight….Why?
So I feel happy and confident in myself…Why?
So I can spend less metal energy worrying about that…Why?
So I can use the mental energy on the other things that are important to me [insert the top thing that is important to you here]
Now you have a deeper, clearer WHY that is more specific to you than just ‘getting control over sugar’ with no clear underpinning. You’ve got to the root cause of what this really means to you – which is truly unique and is going to propel you onwards!
This can really make a difference to your day to day actions and it’s those actions that drive new habits that make healthy changes stick.
Feel the depth just reading the WHY below…
I want to change my relationship with sugar so I can use my valuable mental energy on raising my kids/doing better at my work/pursuing hobbies that light me up/building solid relationships in my life.
Now of course, taking this example, there are some mindset and not so healthy beliefs in there that could be addressed. For example, the association between weight and confidence. That’s a whole other can of worms however, so just accept that for now these beliefs are rooting your WHY and you can for now use them to action some positive change around sugar.
Give it a go and ask yourself WHY a good few times to dig a bit deeper. It really can reveal a bit more about your motivation for making change.
Even better write it down and remind yourself of it from time to time. Busyness and social media mean we can often forget the things that are important to us so find some mechanism to keep important motivations at the forefront of your mind on a regular basis.
Over to you…
I’d love to know what your WHY is when it comes to changing your sugar habits. Have you given this thought before or have you just realised what this really means for you? Leave a comment below.