How Goals Lead to New Habits and Happiness
How does a weight loss goal and creating new habits lead to happiness? Let’s start with motivation which is often high when we first make the decision to lose weight.
Motivation is a word that is often mentioned when people are working towards a goal or goals.
External motivation is not something that we are a fan of. Our health coaches provide support and tips for your journey, but it is your internal motivation that is what you rely on to move towards where you want to go.
There are 3 things that you need to be aware of to use your internal motivation to its maximum:
We often get lost with the final goal and lose sight of what we have and continue to achieve.
By having small wins along the way, it reinforces your goal setting process. Measure yourself against your former self – what gains have you made? How have you rewarded yourself?
Tip: Do not measure yourself against anyone else. What’s the saying? “Compare and despair.”
And where does happiness fit in?
Happiness is a state characterized by contentment and general satisfaction with one’s current situation or progress towards personal worthwhile goals. It is a changeable state and can be both an internal and external experience.
Losing weight and changing the shape of your body is an external experience that all can see.
When you lose weight you also have internal experiences that are not visible and contribute to your overall happiness. These could include better health outcomes, better emotional and mental clarity, increased self-esteem and self-confidence, more energy, better sleep, feelings of being in a good mood, having positive emotions, a sense of freedom and more enjoyment and overall feeling fitter and healthier.
Enjoy your new found goals, habits and happiness!!!
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