Say it with me, “No more excuses!”
And, here’s why:
The reason it’s so difficult to change negative habits into something positive, is that we don’t understand our toddler brain. Not because we aren’t intelligent or determined, but because we lack information.
When you decide to try something new – cutting back on sugar or increasing your exercise – your brain becomes RESISTANT (at least initially).
During the initial stage of change, your brain is more of an adversary than a friend. It’s saying, “What the heck! Stop doing what you’re doing; this doesn’t feel comfortable.”
Your brain is doing exactly what it’s wired to do. And, that’s because you’ve taught it what to expect. Being sedentary, eating fast food, smoking, procrastinating… through repetition your brain has learned to count on these behaviors for survival.
If you’re bold enough to challenge the status quo of your brain, then get ready for whining, kicking, and screaming.
You can influence the toddler.
First, make a decision. What do you want? A healthier body, lower cholesterol, a longer life, a happier marriage, more connection with your kids – be firm and resolute in your decision.
Next, tell your brain exactly what you expect.
I expect to lose 10 pounds and go to the gym four times a week.
Then, prepare yourself for resistance. Be the parent to your “toddler brain” by holding steady, remaining firm, and staying mature. Regardless of the manipulation, be devoted to your goals.
Finally, remember the truth about your brain. It’s a sucker for repetition. Stick to your goals for 21 days, and your brain will create a new status quo.