There's a popular saying I came across during my time in the corporate world, "what gets measured gets managed". The implication is that in order to control or improve an aspect of a business, you have to be able to measure it, and build a process to impact results. Change is always possible whatever the circumstances whether measurable or not; like many things I observe, it doesn't just apply to business and life.
My Story – In 18 Months
For many years I was overweight, all my adult life, in fact. At various stages I'd tried a multitude of diets, with limited success. I'd always been sporty and active, but whatever I was doing, it wasn't right, wasn't working, and I had no idea what to do about it; it felt as if change would not be possible.
Then I was watching an online technology blog and it featured a new electronic device; this device would measure your daily calorie burn against your activity levels during the day. When you combined this figure with your recorded calorie intake though the day via your food and drink consumed, it will tell you whether you have a surplus or deficit.
You then adjust your behavior accordingly. All of a sudden I was able to measure the two key irrefutable elements of body weight management, calories in and calories out. It was different from anything else I'd tried, and I started to believe finally I have found the support, which will make change possible.
The first data I received was revealing. Dramatic changes were needed. I knew I had to change my habits. I completely changed my lifestyle including changes to my eating habits my evenings on the sofa in front of the TV. I set myself goals throughout the day such as a daily steps target. By doing this I was setting goals based upon the tools available to me making change possible.
The application I was using involved me logging everything that I consumed, not only which foods and drinks, but how much, with a fair degree of accuracy. It wasn't easy at first, then it became a habit, and now it's part of my life that I barely think about.
Outstanding Results - When I Committed to Change
The results were amazing! I lost 18 kilos in 18 months, and the best bit of all is that it's stayed off, a year down the line. Now have good habits ingrained that mean that it's no effort to stay the way that I'm happy with. There's no doubt that I'm a different person than I was back then.
3 Factors for Creating Positive Changes
1. The Enviroment Around You
First of all, it's very important to be in the correct enviroment when looking for a positive change. This is when there is inspiration in the enviroment you are in. An external focus that will motivate you to pursue change.
2. Your Own Attitude
Your own attitude is the most important element of change if there are setbacks don't let this stop you from the change. This can be driven through passion, anger and ambition for the future.
3. Set Rewards when Success is Acheived
A great tip to inspire change can be to set yourself awards when this change is acheived for example if you quit smoking one of the awards could be with the money usually spent on smoking go on a holiday or do something you enjoy.
To achieve results like this requires change, sometimes-dramatic change. Change isn't easy. But it can be done. As a life coach, change is my business, and I hope that my story and tips inspire you to believe in yourself that you can change even when it may seem at first it is not possible. With the correct resources and attitude change can be achieved at anytime.
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