Prepare for change in 2016
Enough of the whole New Year’s Resolution discussion – we all know what a bad rap they get from their high failure rate. The truth is though, we are at an optimistic time with the beginning of a new year and people naturally think about changes they would like to make in their life. I plan to post tomorrow on a strategy to achieve that change successfully in this coming year, but in preparation for that I hoped to help you get in the right frame of mind by giving some insight into how change actually works.
Sure, change requires for the most part actually doing physical things – eating different, exercising, lifestyle changes, etc. However, the key to success in doing these things is the mental aspect of how we approach them. Get the mental part right and the physical part just happens without huge effort. This is where coaching can be beneficial, to help with keeping the right mental framework and also to help with accountability and social support.
Below I have linked to three articles from Precision Nutrition. I do not plan to write extensively on each, I leave it to you to read the articles to get the benefit of their insight.
How to change behavior
Helen Kollias, who has a PhD in Molecular Biology and a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Biochemistry and is a regular contributor at precisionnutrition.com has written a research review on a study done on exercise behavior change and what is successful. It turns out that having a good emotional attitude toward the activity, as well as good social support, is a key. I suspect this carries over to change in all areas. Here is that article:
Change Resistance Types
Jeanne Douthit, coach and former client at precisionnutrition.com has written about the four types of people in terms of change resistance. Her basic thrust is that you will recognize two of the four in yourself, and she gives tips for how to understand what you need to do to be successful at change for your type. Here is that article:
I saved the best for last! Krista Scott-Dixon, blogger at stumptuous.com and coaching curriculum developer / contributor at precisionnutrition.com has written an article about willpower, which will be critical to your coming change success. I found this to be a fascinating discussion of how willpower works – spoiler alert – it kind of depends on how you think it will work! Here is her article:
Please come back tomorrow for my post on change strategies for 2016.