Nothing can change the path of your own future like exploring your own habits.
Once you realize that any of your dreams, big or small, can be achieved - The hard part is already over. Learning to reach for your goals in exchange for lifelong results is one of the first steps to a healthier future. If you build a purpose into everything you want to achieve, your goals grow to become seasoned desires.
Many people believe that habits and goals are similar to one another but there is one very important difference that separates them, and makes one far superior to the other.
We can think about it this way: Suppose you would like to learn a new skill. You could either master the new skill by 6 months from today - this would be a goal - OR you can commit yourself to 30 minutes of practice each day, without stating an end date. This is what will lead to forming a lifelong habit.
It's the same as telling yourself you want to get into better shape. You see it as a goal when you say "I want to lose 10 pounds". INSTEAD of simply deciding that exercising should or eating right should become a daily habit like showering or brushing your teeth!
That's it. That's all there is to it. That is the secret that transforms you into looking your best. It's that simple, all you have to do now is do it. As you may have guessed, it's easier said than done though! The most important beginning to creating change is making up your mind to create change - and we achieve that through awareness that we need to make a change. By reading this post, you have created that awareness. Way to go!
And luckily there are fitness and health professionals that are out there to guide you along the journey, with the mindset that you become independent at helping yourself as soon as possible.
Goals come to an end, and so many people go back to their old, bad habits or worse. In many cases, once they've achieved their fitness or nutrition goals, they start to backtrack to their old unhealthy ways. It's as if people who are solely goal-oriented return to their bad habits afterwards only to create worse problems for themselves.
Everything you do relies on willpower, and goals are no different. Think of willpower as one of your muscles that tires and needs some rest. During these times of rest your goals become at risk of falling back into oblivion. Goals come to an end, habits are for life.
Guest post by Keyen Lage, nutrition and fitness coach