I can remember the confession I heard in one of my more recent consultations for a private client.
“I just feel like my priorities right now don’t match my actual goals, and I need the accountability to actually help me do the right work consistently.”
Upon inquiring about what this prospect-to-client was alluding to, she confessed that every time her and her own friend attempted to go work out at the gym, they would instead end up going out to indulge in sweet treats from a local bakery or restaurant. If they did make it to the gym to train, the duo would still end up at the same locations repeating their compulsive behavior. A little of that has to do with what we talked about last week in terms of having the right social support system in place to live a healthy life, but a lot of that also has to do with our priorities matching the very goals we set out to achieve for ourselves. There are three questions we all have to ask ourselves when we seek out changing our life for the better.
Question #1: What are your end goals?
Question #2: What are your current priorities?
Question #3: What steps can you put in place to have your current priorities match your end goals?
While it had appeared to be quite obvious to the woman I was talking to that her habits didn’t match her long term goals, she continued to repeat the pattern due to lack of proper structure in her nutrition and exercise habits. I also found out that she had a history of not eating healthy due to her lack of understanding how to eat properly in the first place (which is not her fault really. Our nutritional education system here in America tends to confuse people more so than it helps people. This is one of the many reasons I ended up becoming a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach). Her long hours at work lead to the inability for her to find time to meal prep, and by not taking breaks in her work day, she found herself in cyclical pattern of under eating and over eating. The guilt for getting out of shape became too much, and attempts to exercise were futile because she often couldn’t budget the time to train correctly, which furthered this compulsion to just “Fuck it!” and go out to eat again. For this particular person, work had become such a top priority, that it was literally the very obstacle preventing her from getting healthy in the first place. We set up a plan to block out time for certain breaks, training hours, and meal prepping accordingly as part of my coaching program.
I am by no means suggesting that we should all get up and leave our jobs to become healthy and strong individuals. I AM suggesting that we take a closer look at what our priorities are in our every day lives, and notice and name the very things that may be preventing us from our own self care. Reassessing our priorities is what may lead to us achieving success in our own health journey.
How many hours a day are you working, really?
How many hours of seep do you get each day?
Do you take the time you need to spend with your family?
Do you take the time you need to meal prep in advance?
How often do you go out to eat, and why do you feel the need to do so if it is more often than not?
Do you exercise regularly? Do you struggle to find the time to exercise?
Prioritizing your health is PARAMOUNT to anything else that you do. A strong mind and strong body are what will make you tackle your day with vibrant, positive energy that will make you more confident, empowered, resilient. Only when our priorities to be healthy have been established can we begin to dive deeper into specific goals to eat smart, train hard, and enjoy our lives all the more.
One of my clients is a former alcohol abuser, and by “alcohol abuser” I am talking a fifth and a half of whiskey DAILY, sometimes MORE. At age 37 his wife gave him an ultimatum: “Quit, or you lose your kids and your very own wife.” The shock of just how terrible his habit was woke him up, and after a few months in rehab he made the commitment to be as successful of a father and husband to his kids and his wife. One decade later and the man is now sober, a multi-million dollar business owner and has lost almost 40 pounds working with my kettlebell and nutrition coaching. I asked him recently the secret to such success.
“I had to stop drinking to live a healthy life, and I did all that I could to make my health a priority first. I hit every goal a man could ask for after I got myself healthy. I just had to make quitting drinking my number one priority.”
Do your priorities match your goals? Reassess to reach success!
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