I know you’re busy. Between work, family, social life, working out, trying to eat well, get enough sleep, and get the normal day-to-day errands and stuff done, there just isn’t enough time. You’re probably really tired from trying to do it all, and I’m sure that at some point (maybe right now), you’ve felt burned out. Part of my job as a health coach is to get people to change their thinking about health. The most consistent issue I’ve found is that most people think about health and self-care like amateurs, not professionals. Want to know exactly what I mean?
When dealing with health, amateurs think short term.
Amateurs take care of themselves and care about health, but they don’t do it consistently. They might understand what it takes to be healthy, but they don’t implement the solutions consistently. They don’t plan for the long term, and they certainly don’t understand that health is achieved by being consistent over time. Amateurs are lured into thinking that you can achieve health by sacrificing yourself, where in fact, the opposite is true.
Professionals focus on long term health.
They have healthy habits that build resilience over time. Consistency also brings professionals peace of mind and a way to cope with stress better than amateurs. They largely focus on what their goals are, then structure their physical exercise, meals, sleep, and everything else to meet those goals. Yes – that involves sacrifice, but in a different way. It may mean cutting out tasks in your day that just aren’t worth it. It may mean not being as spontaneous as you’re used to being. It may mean outsourcing tasks that aren’t worth your time. However, the benefit in that is that professionals build consistency that allows them to meet those goals and be healthy over the long term.
Think of the difference between an amateur and a professional athlete.
Which one are you? If you’re an amateur, that’s okay. Understanding the difference is a great first step. You can be in control of your habits and the time in your day, even if you have a crazy, stressful job.
Learn to be a self-care professional.
- Start by changing your mindset. Envision yourself as a professional and decide to create healthy habits that support your goals.
- Determine what your specific goals are. What would you like to change in your life? Do you need to get more sleep? Do you need to create more time for yourself? Do you need to support a healthy exercise routine or more healthy eating? Are you at your ideal body composition and performance?
- After you determine your goals, work backwards and figure out what it will take to get to those goals. Pull out a calendar, and figure out the long term goal and when you want to achieve it. Break down what it will take to achieve that goal into benchmarks, then figure out what weekly and daily tasks you’ll need to implement to achieve those benchmarks. At that point, your goal should resemble a list of daily and weekly tasks that, when implemented, will lead you to the long term goal.
- Start by turning those goals into healthy habits one at a time. For example, if your goal is to become leaner, Implement a meal plan that supports lean body composition (I personally use Renaissance Periodization templates and they’ve helped me and many of my friends meet my body composition goals). Or, if your goal is to get more rest so you can have more energy through the day, decide to get 7.5 – 8 hours sleep each night and stick to it for a month. Set an alarm when it’s time to start your evening routine (9-9.5 hours before you need to wake up) and don’t waver.
- Tell everyone you know what your goals are and ask them to support you. Ideally, the people that love you will be your biggest cheerleaders and support your drive for self-improvement.
- When you feel yourself veering off track, remember that consistency in habits is key. Don’t sweat minor variations- keep plugging away and enjoy your journey.
If you need some support to become a professional, consider joining my next health coaching group. We’ll work on habits and hold each other accountable to meet your goals and be the optimal version of you.