Whether physical or mental, it’s amazing how motivating pain can be in the short term.
Recently pain sent me straight to the Chiropractor. Along with adjustments, she gave me stretches and exercises which I have diligently done.
But the thing is I’ve been here before and I know if I was to continue with the routine, I would be able to stop a lot of my aches and pains from increasing…but I don’t, once the pain stops so do I.
I’ve seen it happen with clients trying to become organised too.
So why is it that some of us are more motivated by pain?
In ‘The Science Behind all Human Action’ Arman explains it’s the primitive part of our brain that tells us to act rather than think ahead to the future. When something is going to happen now, it’s much more likely to trigger an emotional response in us than something that is going to happen later.
Studies have shown that although pain might help us reach short term goals, we must move toward something positive to make lasting change or reach bigger goals.
Putting this into context with a goal that you are striving for, what positive outcome will help you continue to move forward once the ‘pain’ stops?
One of the biggest gifts I gave myself was to create a home and space that is clear of clutter and work out how to keep it like that.
If you don’t know already, I am what I classify as a messy organised person. Without structure, habits and routines in my life I would be literally a mess. It’s one of the reasons I am so passionate about my course ‘Declutter your life’ as I know the difference it makes.
Whether you are wanting to be more organised, rid yourself of clutter, look after your wellbeing or something else:
- Be clear on your why, your driver. What will motivate you to change?
- Look at what has worked for you in the past.
- Gradually introduce new habits one at a time – introducing too many things all at once and we are setting ourselves up to fail.
- Add new habits into already established routines and use one of the steps as a ‘trigger’ to remind you. A trigger is a behaviour or activity that you already do, for example eating breakfast every morning.
- Be consistent and set yourself reminders while you are forming the new habits.
- Be gentle on yourself and know it will take over 21 days of continuously repeating something before it becomes a habit.
- If things get tough, remember #1
Right! My body deserves respect, after all I can’t get another one :-/
While I concentrate on my wellness, what are you committing to?
Don’t delay, start today