If you want to change your health, you need to change your story. Imagine yourself in a perfect state of health. It doesn’t matter what YOUR perfect state of health is, just imagine yourself in that state. Don’t sell yourself short!
- How do you feel in your perfect state of health?
- How do you look?
- What is your level of energy compared to what it is now?
- What does being healthy mean for your diabetes management, or other chronic conditions?
Seriously think about these questions and take a few minutes to visualize the answers. Do it now because you probably won’t come back and do it later.
What Is Your Story
While it is important to understand the ideal, future state of making changes, it is equally important to pay attention to your current state. More specifically, you need to recognize the stories that you are telling yourself right now about your health.
Those who struggle to make and sustain health lifestyle changes most often sabotage their own success by telling themselves damaging stories.
Do any of these sound familiar?
- It’s too hard to make changes
- I don’t have the willpower to stick with the changes that I make
- I’m too busy to exercise and eat better
- I hate to exercise
- Healthy food is too boring
- I’m too old, too heavy, too __________________________ [insert your favorite excuse here].
The Power of Our Stories
Nothing can be created in our realities that we don’t first create in our imaginations. In other words, what we constantly think about ourselves and our lives is exactly what we manifest in reality. If we continually tell ourselves that making changes is too hard, or that we hate to exercise, that is what becomes our reality.
The stories you have been telling yourself are driving the results that you are getting right now. To get different results – health, professional success, or any other areas in our lives – we need to first tell ourselves the stories that will get the results that we really want.
Just thinking about something will not make it happen, but you will never make something happen without first thinking about it.
Start Telling New Stories
Our minds are powerful instruments. To make and sustain healthy changes, use your imagination and change your story to something that will lead to the results you desire. Here are a few of the stories that I changed in my own mind to get the results that I wanted:
- I will find a way to control diabetes without the use of medication, for as long as possible
- I am capable of making and sustaining one small change every day
- I don’t have to be perfect, I just need to make progress
- I can always create 30 minutes in my day for exercise
- I can make one better food choice every day
The Change-Your-Story Challenge
Over the next week, I challenge you to change your story:
- Write down the stories you are currently telling yourself about your health, your fitness, your nutrition, and if applicable, your diabetes management.
- Beside the stories you identify, write down how those stories have manifested themselves to create your current reality
- Create a new list of stories that you will start telling yourself. They don’t have to be perfect, just get something down on paper.
- Read your new stories every day, and take one small action to make the stories become your new reality.
What new stories will you start telling to get the results that you want?