Aristotle once said; “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Changing our behavior to be excellent takes time and discipline. It is definitely worth all of the energy that we put into it! Never undervalue yourself by settling for bad behavior.
As a teacher, I’ve often worked on behavior modification plans for students when it comes to disruptive or hurtful behavior. Some students are very creative when it comes to wasting time and not getting their work done. Clearly, they see no value in the lessons that I’m trying to teach them.
Sometimes, I have needed behavior modification when it comes to my eating and exercising. My actions prove that I do not see the full value of drinking my 9 glasses of water each day, or going for a swim or longer walk.
Here is my plan for making a change:
Keep it simple. Habit change is not that complicated, but it isn’t easy. It takes focus and discipline.
Do just one habit at a time. I changed my water intake first. I went from drinking 4 glasses of water to five, then six, and now I drink nine a day.
Start small. Changing your life one habit at a time is doable if you don’t overwhelm yourself. Life can get complicated when you least expect it.
Do a 30-day Challenge. The Spark Challenges are great for that! I always have nutrition and a fitness challenge going at the same time. For a chance to become part of your life, you have to continue it for over a month. The 30-day challenges are a great start!
Write it down. Write a blog or just a sentence about your progress. I also write something about the weather each day because I find that I walk more on sunny warm days than I do on cold, snowy days.
Make a plan and let others know your plan. Most people will have a lot of respect for the fact that you are trying to make a positive change. There will be those who mock you, but they may privately envy you for the way that you have improved your life.
Know your motivations, and be sure they're strong. My family is my motivation. I want to spend more time with my kids and grandkids running, hiking, kayaking and moving. I want to be a great example of how to control Type 2 Diabetes, rather than have T2D control me!
Believe in the fact that you can change. Respect your choice to change your behavior. One day, you will be celebrating the changes that have come to your life!
I am not who I used to be, but I’m also not who I am becoming.