Author: Dr. Michelle Durkin on 24 November 2020
Today I am going to talk you about one of the biggest levers you can control and use to your advantage when trying to make a lifestyle change. This not only applies to your health but other areas of your life as well.
What you focus on really matters. Your thoughts will become your reality.
Let's say you not only want to stop eating sugar, you need to stop eating it because you are starting to see the negative consequences of it in your life a little too often (lack of energy, brain fog, weight gain).
If when making this change you are led predominately by fear and anxiety, you may focus on how busy you are and how there won't be enough time to make healthy meals.
When you focus on what you can't do instead of what you can do, you take yourself out of the game before you even begin.
Not enough time is a frequent excuse for self-sabotage. I mean, who isn't busy right?
The truth is we all have the same 24 hours in a day. And we all have to power to decide what we are going to do with those 24 hours.
If you re-frame your thoughts by focusing on what you want to do with the time you do have, then you begin to tap into your deepest strength.
You will either discover that you do in fact have pockets of available time OR that there are pockets of time you are spending on things that just aren't that important to you and those things can be deleted.
Both of these realizations can be the first step in being able to make the best use of your time and ultimately reach your goal.
Here is another example specific to food:
If you focus on all the favourite foods that you can no longer eat the experience will likely be one of pain, struggle, and deprivation.
But if you focus on all the wonderful foods that you can eat in abundant quantities, you will soon see the sky's the limit.
So the question, "what else can I add?" is a powerful one to changing your focus from deprivation to abundance.
Just like getting clear on your why, changing your focus can be the re-frame you need to make any change a positive experience.
Now I would love to hear from you! Where can you make a small change in your focus? Leave a comment below and I'll be back again next week with another edition of Doctor as Teacher Tuesday!
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