Tracey Martin is a Sustainable Lifestyle Leader and author and has been a certified Transformational Life Coach as well as health, life and wellness advisor for more than 25 years. Tracey’s mission is simple, to protect our natural resources, planet, and our most precious resource: humankind. She is sharing her knowledge with us in this weekly column and this week Tracey focuses on defining your “why” and long-lasting changes you can make in 2018.
Right about now you are probably being bombarded with messages of “how to be a better version of yourself,” “are you happy?” “lose weight in 2018,” blah blah blah. It seems that we have become desensitized to these messages. I do believe that we are searching for more. More meaning and deeper connections to the world around us.
The number one thing that hits us at the beginning of a new year is, “how are we going to be better this year?” But what does that really mean? We can ask that question of ourselves over and over again until we become frustrated and eventually give up. The changes seems too overwhelming.
I want to invite you to have the courage to ask important questions. I want to help you with this journey over the coming weeks.
This week let’s work on defining the “why.” What I mean by that is defining what is important to you and why, which will determine your level of commitment to creating lasting change.
Let’s start with our food and eating habits.
We’ve all heard the labels, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, keto, pescatarian… I could go on and one. These can be used as guidelines. However, ultimately you must choose what is best for your health and your individual lifestyle. Some of these are fads and some are true lifestyles. There is a difference.
When a client comes to me and says “I want your help to lose weight.” My first response is “why?” This may seem like a crazy question. My goal is to get the client to give me a defining reason. If it is just for a class reunion or certain event, the “why” is not big enough. They haven’t defined a strong enough reason to have a deep commitment to change and break old habits. Because once that event is over, they will feel so good that they usually reward themselves and guess what? The weight that they lost goes back on and then some. For example, when the reason is “I want to go vegan because I am committed to animal welfare.” That “why” is bigger than the person and is supported by an ongoing lifestyle with important choices. This is what I am talking about. It is an act of educating themselves. They will continue to evolve and seek out more information. Watching documentaries and educational films means they are constantly being moved both emotionally and through education. It will be a lasting change. One that benefits the person, the animals and the planet. Well done!!
I am looking forward to 2018. I know it will be a year of elevated consciousness and radical movement forward.
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