Why Aren't You Following Through With What You Say You Want?

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This morning I wanted to share an email I wrote for my newsletter a few weeks ago. It was a goodie and I got SO many responses from my tribe that this is exactly what they needed to hear, so I figured you could benefit from it, too!

This was a concept that hit me HARD a few weeks ago. I felt like I was doing everything on earth possible to see results (training my butt off, eating well), but wasn't really getting anywhere. Why? Because I'd become complacent, and if I'm being honest, I wasn't pushing myself as hard as I know is possible. More on that below. 

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You Know What to Do, So Why Aren't You Actually Doing It?

Hey there!

Today I want to start by asking you a question:

Why aren't you following through with what you want?

Whether that's losing weight, getting out of a bad relationship, staying in the same job you're miserable in and you hate?

It's like you could have ALL the resources in the world (we have the Internet, for pete's sake, where you can find any/everything you could ever wish for)..... but still not make changes in the areas you want to.

There's a huge difference between knowing WHAT to do, and ACTUALLY doing it.

So why is it that it feels so freakin hard hard to make change and actually see results?!

Because we're humans. We're creatures of habit.

Chances are, your day today looked a whole lot like it did yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that.

You have the same things for breakfast.

You drive the same way to work.

You do the same workouts week in and week out.

You talk the same way. Eat the same way. Act the same way.

And quite frankly, change is uncomfortable. It requires you to change who you are. It opens you up to new possibilities that you might not feel 'ready' for or 'worthy' of. It requires you to LEVEL UP and potentially become a newer, stronger, better version of yourself.

And while this sounds great and all, part of you feels scared of what might actually come of that change. Will I be different? Will I lose friends? Will people not look at me the same when I start changing my behavior?

Let's take losing weight as an example here.

Say you've been trying to lose the same 20 pounds with no luck for years now.

You KNOW what to do - you've done workout guides you found online, you've researched all you can about nutrition, and you've even had some success with losing weight at times... only to put it right back on.

So why doesn't the change stick?

Changing your habits is simple, but it is not easy.

OF COURSE it's more fun for you to eat a cheeseburger than it is to eat grilled chicken and broccoli.

OF COURSE it's more comfortable to hit the snooze button and stay in your warm bed instead of throwing off the covers, lacing up your shoes and going on that walk you promised yourself you'd go on.

CHANGE IS NOT COMFORTABLE. Which is why many people attempt to change, but end up giving up when it gets too 'hard.'

Here's my biggest piece of advice: accept that change is going to be uncomfortable.

You may have to eat differently than you're used to. You may have to sacrifice an hour of sleep to get up earlier and work out since it's the only time you can fit it in your day. You may have to say no to drinking with your friends on the weekend.

But what's more comfortable to you -- sticking to all those old habits that are keeping you stuck and unhappy? Or changing your habits - maybe shedding some pounds and even some friends who don't support your newfound healthy lifestyle in the process - but becoming an all-around happier, stronger, better person?

It's up to you, really.

You're going to have to make sacrifices if you want to see different results.

Expecting to get different results from the SAME things you've been doing is called insanity.

So take a hard look at the areas of your life that could use some improvement right now.

What is it that you really want?

What are the habits that are stopping you from getting there?

Figure out a plan to change those habits.

Don't hit snooze on your alarm tomorrow.

Choose grilled chicken for one meal today instead of that burger.

Do something different today that you've never done before.

Challenge yourself, and you will see change. I promise.

Have a great week!

xo

Julie

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