Healthy Lifestyle Change Trajectory

You’ve found a sense of hope.⁣

Perhaps you finally made the decision that you’re going to change your eating behaviors. For real.⁣

Maybe you hired a coach.⁣

Or the gym is finally open again, so you’re READY TO GO.⁣

This all feels really good.⁣

In some cases, it might feel so good to the point that it provides a false sense of accomplishment.⁣

⚠️ be careful not to confuse this sense of hope, for actually doin’ the damn thing. All too often people get caught up in these feelings without actually getting shit done.⁣

^^ This “false hope syndrome” (a real thing - google scholar it) often occurs because of…⁣

Step 2️⃣⁣

Obstacles, setbacks, challenges, barriers, etc.⁣

Basically all the not-so-fun stuff you fail to consider when you’re riding that beginning “hope” wave.⁣

☝️But these things are inevitable.⁣

Making changes to your lifestyle isn’t always smooth sailing (if it were, I wouldn’t have a PhD or a job lol)⁣

But here’s the kicker: 𝗛𝗢𝗪 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗣𝗘𝗥𝗖𝗘𝗜𝗩𝗘 𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗦𝗘 𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗡𝗚𝗦 𝗱𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗻𝘀 𝗻𝗲𝘅𝘁.⁣

Step 3️⃣:⁣

Perception Option 🅰️⁣

Did you learn what triggers a setback?⁣

Did you gain some insight on how to handle future situations?⁣

Did you learn something about yourself?⁣

👉If so, then you likely gained some confidence and a prepared to continue towards your goals with an even higher likelihood of success than before.⁣


Perception Option 🅱️⁣

Did you blame yourself for “never” being able to stick with a plan?⁣

Did you get upset and try to pretend like it didn’t happen?⁣

Did you give up and decide you’re just not cut out for this?⁣

👉If so, then you probably gave up (or will very soon), just to start the process over again in the future once you’ve found a new “hit of hope”⁣

Healthy lifestyle change (and goal success in general) requires not only expecting and planning for setbacks but LEVERAGING them to learn, grow, and develop.⁣

Doing so is ESSENTIAL for any behavior change you wish to make.⁣

And is CRUCIAL for good coaching practices.⁣

This is how you begin to cultivate a growth mindset 🌱⁣