• Margaret Kavanagh Nutrition

How To Become The CEO of Your Own Health and Create Healthy Habits That Last.

No matter your role in life, there is none bigger or more important than being the CEO (the chief executive officer) of your own health.

Whether you believe it or not, you have as much control over your own health and happiness as a CEO has over the success of their company — and often much more.

It is a sometimes-uncomfortable truth that you are responsible for everything that you do (or don’t do) in the area of your health and happiness. If you don’t like something and want to change it, you can.

Often, people don’t take the same kind of approach to managing their personal lives as they do their professional lives. They allow the actions of others or even outside events to influence their health, their life and their happiness.

Any CEO worth their salt knows that you cannot ignore an entire aspect of the business and expect the company as a whole to thrive. It’s the same with your health and happiness.

You cannot just take a view that there is no time for eating well or relaxing and hope to make up for it by shoehorning in a yoga class between trips to the supermarket and taking the dog to the vet. I bet you’re wondering how this can be done.

A structure I often use with my clients is figure out what you want for your health, set intentions and then create positive habits that last – including moving your body in a way you love and doing things just for the joy of doing them (aka your self-care).

Create Your Health Vision

Figuring out what you actually want for your health (and your life) is really important.

All businesses require a vision and purpose, and your life needs the same driving force.

Without this vital piece of information nailed down – “what do I actually want?” – you will never know whether you have achieved your goals.

Once you are clear what it is you want, your actions and how you spend your time and money might change to become more aligned with the vision you have for your future self.

Work out what you want now. Consider why you want it. What’s stopping you having what you want? Consider also what you might need to have in place to support you.

Remind Yourself Every Day

The only way you will ever get what it is that you want is to take action. Knowing is not enough.

The job here is to tie the actions you take in your everyday life to that vision you just created. How to do that is to check in with yourself every day – just as you would at work.

The reason why this deceptively simple mindset trick works so well is that what hides behind so many deviations from a healthy eating plan is forgetting what you want and why it’s important.

Think of your day as being a journey. The way to get to where you want to be is to read the map or use the sat nav. You are literally setting your GPS for success. How it looks in practice is that you take inspiration from the vision you created and attach an action to it. That might mean something like ‘every day I make healthy food choices, I take one step closer to my goal’.

Creating Healthy Habits – that last!

I know from working with clients that eating well and living well gets results fast.

I can’t say specifically how it will show up for you, but it might be that your energy levels increase, you sleep better, your skin starts to glow or you lose a few pounds. Your friends will wonder what your new regime is!

But healthy habits don’t just happen overnight. They need time and persistence.

Studies have shown it takes time for a new habit to become the default choice. Keep in mind the 3 / 6 / 36 rule: 3 weeks to break a habit. 6 weeks to create a new habit. 36 weeks for the new habit to become a default habit.

The good news is that, since habits are just a series of repetitive actions you practically do on autopilot, you can teach yourself – over time - to do something else instead.

The first job is to become aware of what needs to change. That might be too many snacks, not enough water, too much wine sneaking into the week. Instead of bowling in with ‘I need to change everything immediately’, often what can help is by making a micro-commitment.

This is a healthy commitment so tiny that you literally cannot fail at doing it.

Like drinking three glasses of water or having an extra two veggies at dinner. Just start with one thing and repeat over and over.

These micro-commitments, although small, have a huge impact over time because of psychology. The way the brain works is it loves winning at this one thing, and that encourages you to make another micro-commitment, and then another.

Do you notice how quickly time goes by? In a few months, by stealth, you will have built up a bank of successes that will move your health forward.

Breaking the bigger, really ingrained habits and having them release their grip on you takes time, persistence and the accountability to change. If you need some help, you know where I am.

Join the 7 Day Healthy Habits Challenge

To get started, you can join my FREE 7 Day Healthy Habits Challenge starting on Monday 4 October.

During this challenge, which requires no more than 10 minutes out of your day, you will learn the 7 critical strategies that are KEY to finally achieving your health and fitness goals (don't worry, they're not anything complicated or time consuming. I'll show you how to easily implement these simple strategies for a healthier, happier you in no time!)

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