Mindset and Goal Setting
By Elissa Jewell, Strength Coach and Sports Nutritionist.
The first of our three-part series on Women's Health will cover how to discover what simple, implementable and reasonable steps we can make towards achieving our goals and making changes happen.
Unfortunately many people attribute their failure to having "no willpower" to achieve our goals, when it actual fact our failure is usually a result of having spent insufficient time and energy investigating the value of that goal to our lifestyle as a whole.
In coaching women to achieve their desires for a healthier, happier, simpler and more effective approach to their health - I believe that the key is to learn to move our actions away from a reliance upon motivation, and towards creating and leveraging off our internal drives and core values.
The difference between drive and motivation, is that the latter is a temporary state which cannot be relied on to create results.
We can be inspired to act at a certain time, by a certain feeling or in a certain manner. Motivation is very much an environmental factor which can be present, or not present at any given time.
It can be either external or it can be internal. External motivations may be someone else's actions, perceptions of us or an event such as an upcoming fun run or social activity where we perceive we will be judged by others.
Internal motivations are those which are felt in the moment, such as the desire to change our lifestyle when we feel we are exerting too much energy doing simple tasks, or when we look in the mirror each morning and feel motivated to change.
The problem with motivation is that it doesn't last
Motivation is always changing with the influence of our internal and external environment and our motivation towards achieving the same goal or outcome can and will change within literally minutes.
For example, one morning you might be motivated to avoid sugar, yet walk past a bakery while hungry later that afternoon and succumb, because your environment had changed and your morning motivation had waned.
One night you might have had a particularly good sleep and wake the next morning with the sun shining, feeling refreshed, full of energy and spirit and decide to take a walk. The next morning it might be cold, wet and depressing and you couldn't think of anything worse than getting out of your bed.
We are always more motivated to eat well and be seen to be healthy around health conscious people, the same as we are less motivated to eat well around friends which do not share our same objectives. Often in these situations, it's because our motivation to be social, and not to be seen to be different to other people is far stronger in that environment than our motivation to stick to our nutrition plan.
So the way to enhance our likelihood of following through on any health or fitness based goal, is therefore to turn our actions from one based on a fleeting motivation, into ones based upon a permanent internal drive.
A drive is an instinctual need that has the power of changing the behaviour of an individual.
We are all familiar with drives! The drive to eat, to sleep, to socialise and to be safe.
Our goal for the first part of our three part series, is to learn how to change your habits from ones based on the fleeting nature of motivation - to ones that change our behaviour permanently, because they are based on instinctual needs.
We are then going to work together as a group to discover what the most effective, simple and easily implementable behavioural changes might look like for you.
To do this, we have to first spend some time identifying the drives and values you currently have. These drives are powerful forces which can be used to inspire change, and create new habits which will, in time, become permanent healthy behaviours.
Strength and Conditioning Coach, Public Speaker, Corporate Health Consultant and Sports Nutritionist with a revolutionary approach to health and fitness.
Elissa's experiences dealing with the issues and concerns of the working woman created a passion to educate others and help them avoid the same pitfalls. Elissa shares her passion for creating strength in both mind and body to promote a sustainable, moderate approach instead of fad diets and quick fixes.
Elissa’s experience working in a corporate environment means she also understands and has experienced the pitfalls of the modern, sedentary office worker and the impact which poor health choices can make not just on the individual, but on the culture and performance of an entire company.