The four C’s for success
Here are what I have found to be the top 4 factors that constitute the pillars to success in building and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Consistency is by far the most important factor in creating a legitimate lifestyle change. Being consistent with your workouts and nutrition plan, whatever that may be is a profound act of self-discipline. Put your workouts into your work calendar and treat it how you would a work meeting or appointment, be reliable and dependable on yourself. Likewise, be consistent in your diet and the choices you make for yourself. We are far more likely to drop the ball on the promises we make to ourselves than on those we make to others, commit to start showing up for you. Set goals, challenge yourself to achieve something and put in the work every day. You don’t have to be extreme, just consistent in what you are doing.
Remarkable things happen when you fully realise you have control over your life. This may sound obvious, but most people don’t truly understand that they have the power to take control of their own choices, thoughts and actions. If they did, they wouldn’t say they didn’t have time for exercise, or that they can’t stop eating junk in the evenings, or any other reason that stands between where they are now and where they want to be.
To be brutally honest, you do have a choice, you are the driver of yourself and your life. If you don’t like the road you’re on, change direction. Although this may be a tough pill to swallow it is liberating once you start to fully embody this principle.
Connection refers to the relationship you have with yourself. A strong and positive relationship with yourself requires connection. By educating yourself on how the body works and how you can help it to function optimally, you create a better bond with your body. Take a look at the foods you’re eating daily and why. Could improvements and tweaks be made to make yourself feel even better? Look at your thoughts and question how they make you feel. Do you feel happy, sad, stressed? Discover what is at the root of your moods and feelings and tackle it head-on. Connecting to the WHY behind you do what you do everyday will strengthen the motivation to maintain the habit.
Working out effectively and keeping your nutrition on point demands presence and focus. You must be able to concentrate in order to be successful on your fitness journey. Don’t check your Facebook feed in between reps, put the phone on aeroplane mode and concentrate. Take it slow and connect with how each muscle is moving. When eating, be present with your food. Don’t mindlessly eat without even realising what you’ve eaten. Try your next meal without the TV or phone nearby and assess how this feels different. By concentrating on what it is you’re doing and why, you’re far more likely to do a good job and make better decisions in the moment.
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