It’s all too familiar.
You get ready to make a change, start a program, set your goals and off you go to finally shift to healthy living, once and for all.
You buy a new book to learn about the changes you’re going to be making. It’s exciting and you’re 100% on board.
Monday morning is a breeze, you set your alarm and jump up out of bed to get to the gym just as you planned. Tuesday the enthusiasm is a little lower but you remind yourself why you’re doing this and push yourself to commit again.
Inevitably, the kids are up all night on Tuesday and getting up at 5:30am the next morning seems impossible. You’ll just skip this morning’s workout and get back to it the next day, right?
I think we all know how that goes.
You know what you need to do. You’ve read books, attended workshops, researched on the internet. The knowledge of what you need to do is readily available.
So, why, then, don’t the habits stick?
The problem is that you have all the information that you need to make permanent change, but you have core subconscious beliefs that are holding you back. No matter how many positive thoughts we think – if the underlying subconscious beliefs driving those thoughts remains that same, so do we.
You need more than information - more than knowing - to make lasting change in your life.
Every time we think a thought, feel an emotion, or take an action, we activate certain neural pathways in the brain. Every time we think that thought, or feel that emotion or take that action again it makes the neural pathway stronger and thicker and deeper and eventually can go from being like a thin piece of string to a sixteen lane highway that is deeply embedded in the neural network of our brain.
The one thing standing between you and healthy habits that stick are your negative subconscious beliefs. By getting to the root (your core beliefs that determine your thoughts and actions) you can undo the negative programming that has led you to struggle in the past.
We can’t change our habits until we change our beliefs but when our pattern is to try and fail and try and fail, it creates a lot of tension, frustration, and stress in the body and, for most people, extra stress in the body leads to lashing out and self-sabotage. We end up feeling like “I know all this stuff but I’m still so negative in my mind and my habits aren’t changing even though I’ve read ALL those books… it’s so annoying, it’s so frustrating, I’m so mad at myself!”
Not only are we not cultivating healthy programming, we are causing further damage making achieving lasting change even further out of reach.
As a health expert and co-creator of the #MindBodyMethod, I’ve helped thousands of private clients identify and remove their negative programming and replace it with supportive, healthy programming.
Earl Nightingale said, “Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality”.
The trick is to complement conscious knowledge with subconscious programming to create changes that stick over time.
What have you been planting in your subconscious mind and nourishing with repetition and emotion? What reality have you created for yourself?
If you’re interested in getting started with some simple exercises for creating healthy habits that stick, sign up here for a free video training series to learn the #MindBodyMethod.
Jovanka Ciares is a former entertainment executive turned Wellness expert, detox specialist, nutrition educator and author. She is the creator of the Wellness Smackdown™, a proprietary detox and weight loss program for natural weight loss that will be featured on the first season of ABC's Primetime [...]