Look at the pros and cons. Ask yourself three questions:Why do I want to try and change my lifestyle?
(the pros)Why shouldn’t I try to change my lifestyle?
(the cons)What would it take for me to change my lifestyle?
(how could you overcome the cons?)
The pros have to outweigh the cons for someone to change behaviors successfully. If the cons are higher, you might not be ready to change - yet
. Some things you can do to help the processes of change are:
Get information: find out the benefits of changing your lifestyle.
Consider how your lifestyle affects others: for example, what are your children learning from watching your current lifestyle?
Connect with others: talk with others who are all working on the same lifestyle change.
Examine the barriers to your lifestyle change: some may be real, some may just be excuses (not really standing in your way), and some might be overcome with a strong enough motivation.
And is that motivation coming from inside, or from outside? If you are making a lifestyle change for someone else - say your spouse or your employer - it probably is not going to be successful. But if you can honestly say you’re changing for yourself and no one else, and take control and responsibility for your own health and well-being, your chances of success go way up.
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