Many of us have a love/hate relationship with food. We love food because it tastes so good. It brings us so much pleasure. But on the other hand it also causes us a lot of mental and emotional stress with how it shapes our bodies. Especially, when we overeat or binge on unhealthy foods causing us to gain excess weight.
Usually at this point we try to find the next quick fix: "What superfood will help me lose weight?" "What new diet trend can help me detox in a week?" All of which can be beneficial because it requires some research and trial and error, but let’s consider here that we generally know how to eat healthy. Things like drinking plenty of water, eating copious amounts of vegetables, limiting refined carbohydrates, and eating lean protein sources. Many of us know, to some degree, of what to consume and how to eat healthy.
That is not the issue.
The issue is how do we create discipline in order to make healthy decisions a consistent HABIT?
Here’s a technique to develop discipline to create positive habits:
The 3 3 3 Technique
Commit to 3 days. Commit to 3 weeks. Commit to 3 months.
Let’s put this into an example with a meal prepping goal:
Start small with meal prepping for 3 days. You start off by setting aside 5-10 minutes the night before to fix your breakfast. You do this for 3 days out of the week. Something simple like putting 1 cup of greek yogurt with 1/4 cup of fruit and granola into a container. Three days is simple enough to accomplish and start a healthy trend. Then after 3 days, give yourself a mental "pat on the back".
Now, commit to meal prepping for 3 weeks. Now try the same technique but for 3 weeks straight. Three weeks is short enough where it doesn’t seem too daunting, but it is long enough to where if you complete 3 weeks it feels like a pretty big win. Now that’s 2 wins under your belt.
Now after 3 weeks, 3 months will seem like a walk in the park.
This technique is very effective because it breaks things down into tangible steps (compartmentalization if you will). This will set a foundation, to mentally break down a big goal such as eating healthy for a lifetime. Set yourself up with a quick win, 3 days. Take a quick break to pat yourself on the back, then commit to 3 weeks. Consider each day and interval you accomplish a win. After 3 months, if you have committed to this technique, many times than not we will have created a habit.
The most important attributes that are taken from this are: developing the characteristics associated with creating a goal, committing to the discipline of that goal, and ultimately accomplishing that goal.
Improve your Character! Commit in Intervals! Accomplish your Goals!
Synergy for thought