Mistakes That Keep You From Your Wellness Goals

Serena Sabala

Certified Yoga Teacher and Plant Based Nutrition Consultant

Everything starts in the mind!

Your actions are a direct consequence of your thoughts so if you don't transform your thinking, nothing is going to change in your life or at least not for long.

You have to create a strategy to rewire and re-train your neural-pathways once and for all.

For example, we tend to assume that we know what our deepest goals and motivations are .

After all, they’re pretty obvious, right? We think about them all the time.

Why is it then, that we still often find it so hard to stick to our resolutions in the long run, and actually achieve what we set out to?

A little investigation goes a long way: our client Stuart approached us to lose weight and get fitter saying that he wanted to be able to fit into his favorite shirt again.

We then did an exercise with him that we call “Why 5”: we asked him “why do you want to achieve that goal?” and to each answer, we would ask “why?” again up to five times.

We found out, much to his surprise, that his deeper motivation was to “not be afraid of growing older and not feel like aging equals being unfit, sick and die prematurely”.

Once he discovered this and tapped into his very core and fundamental standards of living, his motivation increased and it became virtually impossible to stray him off his new path.

Try this exercise yourself: identify your top 3 wellness goals, then ask yourself “why” five times for each of them: don't forget to write down your answers and maybe even keep them in your wallet to look at every day.

Notice how this impacts your decisions and choices in the next 3-4 weeks.

You’ll be surprised at what you may discover and if you think this is all a waste of time, think again!

Your mind is listening to that and will act on it.

Mindset and mindfulness exercises are as important (if not more) than any new food plan you may ever discover or any new fitness trend you may get hooked on: information is nothing without the right mindset because that’s where your actions stem from, especially when things get challenging.

Your brain likes routine and will tend to go down the most known path so in order to establish a new habit and make it second nature, you have to train your mind to do so over and over again until it won’t remember anything else.