It is so easy to get stuck in a routine or find a habit that you absolutely love. When it works well for you, there’s no reason to add variety or change. We are creatures of habit, and our brains dwell on efficiency. Whether we realize it or not, the minute we walk into a room our brains are familiarizing and comforting ourselves to gain our bearings. This is an incredible God given ability!
But it also can be dangerous, and I am eager to tell you why. Because our brains strive and work for efficiency daily, they thrive off of comfortable surroundings and the ability to work without adjustment. We tend to love this on a conscious level too. It could be a familiar order at the same restaurant you always go to, the same gym, the same group of friends, the same workouts, the same meal plan, the same clothing brand..you get the point. We love the confidence that comes with predictability.
This is not entirely bad; however, it prevents us from experiencing so much more in life. It could be the little difference in meeting the one person that would have opened the door to a business idea. It could be the different perspective through observation that would have helped us grow in our career. Whatever it may be, let us leave complacency, and familiarity behind in 2021. Let us focus on opening our eyes, taking the blinders off and stretching the areas we don’t want to be stretched. Let me give you tangible ways that you can do so.
Write down your normal daily routine. Be aware of the things you are unconsciously intentional about. Now take the time to think about each thing and how you can add or take away from it in a positive way. How can you add more content, value, and growth to your day? Or maybe, it’s how can you take away this habit to give yourself more time, relief, or freedom from addiction? Writing things down keeps you in reality with how you spend your time and your awareness in connection with reality.
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Let’s use an example. You find yourself jittery, having trouble sleeping at night, and eating less meals to lose weight. You also find yourself dehydrated daily which has been affecting your workouts. You drink an insane amount of coffee a day, but you LOVE the energy it gives you, the personality, and the fact that it curbs your appetite. Are you willing to give up a few cups a day to get your caffeine intake down and replace it with nutrient dense foods that are high in energy and fuel?
Here is another example, you just moved to a new town, you have your own personal training business and finally found a smoothie/coffee place where you are able to get some work in and leave in peace. You’re struggling with finding clients and overhear some of the employees talk about her struggle with losing weight. Afraid to say anything and not wanting to overstep boundaries, you say nothing. You keep typing away on your computer and mind your business. I think we all know the obvious answer with how we could change this situation. Speak up, be genuine, tell her your experience and before you offer her services, ask what she would like to change in her schedule.
Maybe it’s only the exchange of advice, and not a gained client, however, you are now on her radar. You have marketed yourself without having to do much besides be kind which in exchange could lead to more clients. Do something you normally wouldn’t do. Find the area of your life you want to grow in or know you need to grow in and saturate yourself with awareness of how you can make subtle changes.
Be okay with not always being right. Fitness and health is one of those things where everyone swears they have the right answer but no one is entirely right or wrong. Being a fitness professional, I have to be aware that, what I once would have given my life on, will change with more research, knowledge, and experience. There are very few things in life that are indefinitely true no matter how much time goes by. It is also important though, to recognize different styles and give them each value. Whether that’s believing in a keto diet, a low-fat diet, strength training, or becoming a cardio bunny.
Everyone finds the thing that works for them and suddenly derails every other lifestyle. This isn’t okay. There are a lot of “Yes, but...” in health awareness. If it held to be true, or has data backing it up, there is some aspect to truth depending upon: the goal and the statement of validity. God made us all unique, which to me is my favorite part about being a health coach and fitness trainer. Every person isn’t a plugged formula. There are certain styles of fitness and health tips that I promote more than others, but I also realize that it is not definite. My goal and my mission with myself and all my clients is to actively seek the best way to take care of the need and goal on a day to day basis.
With a plan behind the madness, my intentions aren’t random but are directed in custom care. This has come with experience and knowledge, which has humbled me and defied my once “This is it” attitude. I have been wrong before, I have learned, I have adjusted, and I will CONTINUE to learn as long as I live. I will not grow complacent or definite in my business, health journey, or style of training. I encourage you to reflect on your absolutes. How can you change it up? How can you be better at taking in different styles of health habits? How can you filter truth from perspective?
What are some areas you resist change in? How can you open your eyes for opportunity and growth? Take the little steps each day to become more aware; don’t be someone else in order to see those opportunities either. Use your natural capabilities to increase your circle, broaden your vision and invite more LIFE in your world. Do not go crazy and try to change everything at once either! We still need the comfort of some familiarity, work on one thing at a time and watch how your interactions change. Humble yourself, open your eyes and see the world for what it is.