I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking to make change easier. More often than not, it feels anything but easy!
I lost over 150 pounds and most of the time, it felt anything but easy. I’ve tried to change so many habits, big and small, and I kind of thing that’s just the way it goes with change…it doesn’t feel easy!
Fortunately, there are things we can do to make it easier.
I was emailing back and forth with a podcast listener the other day and she shared with me that she got some ‘borderline’ tests back from her doctor. The doctor wanted to put her on meds but she really wanted to try tackling it from a diet & lifestyle standpoint first. Even with the motivation to avoid medication, she was reluctant to make the lifestyle changes. She said, “It feels like I have to give up everything I enjoy!”
Enter: one tool that will absolutely make change easier.
Practice intellectual maturity.
Be more honest with yourself. Ditch the drama.
Sometimes our thoughts happen so fast that we don’t even notice our own intellectual immaturity. We accept the thought and the impact it has on our mindset, outlook and motivation.
Let’s revisit what this particular listener said regarding making some improvements to her diet and lifestyle:
It feels like I have to give up everything I enjoy.
Everything? Really? You have to give up your favorite TV show? You have to give up girls’ night? Sex with your spouse? Laughing with your kids?
You most certainly don’t have to give up everything you enjoy.
Not only that…why would you tell yourself you have to “give up” anything, never mind everything! Making improvements has nothing to do with “giving up” anything and certainly not everything.
However, in our intellectual immaturity, we paint with a broad brush and feel discouraged before we even start.
We break this down in episode 941 of the Primal Potential podcast and when you take on this practice, there’s no doubt that change will get easier!