Habits--How we really reach our goals

You may not recognize this photo of TJ from January of this year. He is significantly more lean these days after a focus on healthier habits. Way to go TJ.

You may not recognize this photo of TJ from January of this year. He is significantly more lean these days after a focus on healthier habits. Way to go TJ.

How many times have you set a new goal, had some success for a little while, but then fell off the wagon after a few days or weeks and ultimately failed? Or, have you ever wanted to start a new healthy habit but never got it off the ground because the final goal seemed too difficult?  Do any of these sound familiar:

·      Exercise more

·      Drink less

·      Lose weight

·      Save money

Here is what James Clear, author of Atomic Habits has to say about change:  “The idea that change is hard is one of the biggest myths about human behavior. The truth is, you change effortlessly and all the time.  The primary job of the brain is to adjust your behavior based on the environment.  Design a better environment.  Change will happen naturally.”

Atomic Habits has been getting a lot of attention around the coaching staff lately and we are excited to share what we’ve learned through blog posts in the month of July. Get a head start and add this book to your summer reading collection so you don’t have to rely on us to distill it down for you.

We are all highly capable of the changes we want to make. Knowing exactly where to start and channeling the correct mental framework can be the challenging part. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for strategies and science to help guide the way.

And, if any of those habits you are looking to change have anything to do with nutrition, hydration, sleep, stress management, exercise, or self-reflection, you should definitely be thinking about the Whole Life Challenge. There is no better environment to foster positive change than in this community. You can read more about that here.