One of the hardest aspects of clinic life is getting our patients to change; change the way they think, change the way they act, and change the way they behave.
After working with patients for many years it’s very evident that most people don’t know how to change. They can tell you what they don’t want or don’t like, and easily describe their dissatisfaction with all aspects of their life but unfortunately struggle describing what they do want, what they would like to experience, create or become.
We humans have a poor record in sustaining a “negative goal” or breaking a bad habit because our brain will always associate deprivation with pain and as the saying goes the human psyche will always take the path of least resistance. That’s why it is so hard to reduce your coffee intake, stop smoking or lose weight. Start a good habit instead. Try setting a positive goal, and move towards what you want, for example: to have better posture, to eat healthier foods, to exercise every day.
We find the patients who can identify with exactly what they want, what their objectives are and compare that to what they currently have are far better placed to make that sustainable change. The difference between their desired outcome and their current reality creates this “tug of war” that will serve to create “the path of least resistance” towards your goals and fuel your change efforts.
A critical part of the process is for our patients to identify what behaviours led them to the situation they are in and to own the specific behaviours that will lead them to what they really want. There is a saying, “if you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got”. Therefore, in order to achieve different outcomes, you must adopt different behaviours.
We know adopting new behaviours is hard, inconvenient and sometimes unpleasant, but here’s the thing…we also know practice makes perfect! Clinical research shows that new habits can be formed through repetition. Our brain cells actually create novel connections and new habits are formed. The simple answer to all this, is to practice your new (improved) behaviours until they become easier. So making it easier for yourself to practice your new behaviours is paramount, and making it harder to engage in your bad behaviours more difficult.
If the mother of mastery is repetition then lets make it as easy as we can to repeat those good behaviours.
- Keep your foam roller where you can always see it.
- Keep the soft drink and chocolate out of the house
- Pack your bag for the days exercise the night before.
- Put your exercise bike in the living room, not the garage.
- Prepare healthy nutritious snacks that are easily available.
- Consider the people you are spending time what behaviours do they promote?
- Carry a water bottle around and set reminders to ensure you’re drinking enough water.
Decide what you want to change and then practice lots to achieve it.
If you’d like to be supported on your journey to a happier, healthier you, then call the clinic on 03 95977 7488 and book an Initial Consultation.