you are your environment – Low Calorie Diets Tips

So you want to change a habit?

If only I could have one coaching tool in my professional coaching toolbox and I mean…

I literally could use just one and no other tool or system… I know which one I would keep. And now you will know too.

I would keep and practice the tool I call “The GIGA” – short for “garbage in, garbage out”!

That being said, the only belief I’m selling you today (yes, I’m selling) is FM Alexander’s insight;

“People don’t decide their future, they decide their habits and their habits decide their future.”

So if you’re not in the market to buy – if you’re looking more Information, but are not ready for this take Action – this article is not for you.

Why do so many of us get excited in mid-February when we make New Year’s resolutions?

Is there something wrong with most of us? Are we lazy, complacent and fickle?

For myself and for so long I couldn’t understand why it was like that so hard create new, positive habits and let go of unwanted and even destructive ones? I had commitment, clarity and motivation when beginning the journey, but I inevitably lost my breath along the way.

There’s a lot of scientifically-backed data on the subject of habit formation, and if you’re really interested in learning the science, experts in the field, BJ Fogg and James Clear, cover the area expertly.

But my clients and readers come to me for something else.

They expect me to continually read the books and do the work. They expect me to experiment frequently and continue to experiment and share my gained knowledge, not just information.

Most importantly, they expect that I have simplified the process and can now steer it in the long term and sustainably success.

The GIGA habit-forming tool is based on data showing a remarkable relationship between environment and behavior. BJ Fogg, Stanford scientist and author of Tiny Habits, explains:

“I’ve found that there are only three things we can do to create lasting change: Have an epiphany, change our environmentand change our habits in small steps.”

I regularly help my clients have epiphanies (insights and “aha” moments) and take small steps toward their goals. But helping them design their environment for success is always my starting point. And the starting point is every starting point always Awareness.

I know that one of the basic rules of effective communication is to eliminate the words “always” and “never” from our vocabulary. But in this particular case, I’ll stand by my opinion until someone proves me wrong.

Awareness is ALWAYS the starting point of any desired change.

So my goal today is to raise awareness four pillars that make up our environment.

Most of us believe that our environment is limited to our physical surroundings. The truth is that physical space is only part of our overall environment.

There are four pillars that make up our entire environment, and to bring about lasting change we need to address all four.

1. Physical space

Data supports your intuition that creating external space leads to the internal space necessary and required to gain insight and clarity. In “Make Your Bed,” Navy SEAL, Admiral McRaven makes the case for how this simple effort can change your life and maybe even the world.

And if you’re interested in exploring the metaphysical aspect of creating change, know that every spiritual teacher asks you first to create the environment that will support your practice.

Without this support, no change will ever last! Try losing weight with a pantry full of your favorite chips, and give me a call if you turn out to be the exception to this rule.

2 people

Jim Rohn’s famous statement that we are the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with has been proven 100% true in both my clients’ lives and mine.

Those of us who are parents know this to be true and are endlessly concerned about who our children spend time with on a regular basis. The people we regularly spend time with influence our values, beliefs and, over time, our behavior.

3. Consumption

The low-hanging fruit here is food and drink.

But there is so much more that we put into ourselves that drives our habits. What we consume in the form of books, music, podcasts, social media, games and even gossip become the thoughts and beliefs on which we build our lives.

4. Culture

Every organization, whether it’s Google, your family unit, or your favorite sports team, has its own unique culture.

Culture is the silent and powerful decider of who we are becoming. It determines the core values ​​and norms of the entity to which we belong, regardless of the number of people in it. The culture sustained by two people in a marriage is as powerful in its outcome-making as a culture sustained by an entire nation like China.

When I coach senior CEOs who believe in solving problems through strategy (and there is a place for strategy and tactics), I always bring them to culture first. I have seen time and time again that “Culture is King” and as Peter Drucker puts it, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”.

What is the one small action you can take today to change your environment to support the habit change you are seeking?

And remember, “garbage in” applies to more than just junk food. Look at all 4 pillars and make a list of what “junk” you allow into your space, mind, soul and life.

Once you have your list, be proud that you made it awareness which is the basis of any lifelong, sustainable habit change.

Now you are ready act.

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