Research in our county revealed that you and I are not typically motivated to make healthy choices because of doctor’s advice, programming, or even financial benefit. What the research discovered was a primary motivator to do hard things when it comes to our wellness is rooted in the desire to be available for those we love.
Another significant discovery was life transitions were highly motivating moments for us in Mower County. It may come in a life cycle transition like becoming a parent or grandparent, a death of a loved one or in a life event transition like graduation, retirement, new job, or change in our health or the health of someone we care for.
Transitions can inspire us to do hard things. To take a few more walks each week, to cut back on our late-night snacking, to park a little further from the store entrance, to take deep breathes before dealing with conflict or to strive to focus on being more grateful.
The new year presents a transition for us each, we leave 2011 behind and move into 2012. Inspired to consider doing hard things in 2012? Join efforts with a friend, family member or coworker to make the hard things less difficult.
Eventually as we practice doing hard things, little transitions occur in us, and the healthy choice becomes our new default, it becomes the easier choice in our daily living!
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