Today I started a 14 Day Detox Cleanse. I haven’t done one of these in years. It’s 3:28pm on Day 1 and I’ve already eaten more kale than I have in my 48 years AND I had to take a nap. I guess I needed some detoxing more than I thought.
The truth is that I don’t know if I can complete this thing. I need to eat differently than I normally do which means I have to constantly be thinking about what I will eat and making sure I won’t eat the wrong thing. I have a little bowl of those awesome dark chocolate pomegranate candies
sitting on my desk and without thinking I almost popped one in my mouth an hour ago. Ugh!!! It’s hard to override habits. And it’s not fun to be constantly pondering my next meal. And I don’t really know if I can sustain this level of focus on food (or lack of it) while trying to work while my kiddos are home all day.
As a life coach I have learned that motivation is the fire that drives us toward our goals and helps us persevere when times get tough (like dinner time, or lunch time or snack time).
So, I am employing a motivational technique to keep me accountable:
Make your goal public.
If you really want to make a change, overcome a habit, or grow in a new direction then tell someone about it. Tell lots of people. Text them. Post it on FB or Twitter. I opted for FB, both on my personal and my business pages, as well as this blog. And now I have a whole cheering section–a group of people who can encourage me, share their war stories, and push me—all because they I made my private cleanse into a public goal. And there is something in me that doesn’t want to let you down. I want to inspire you to reach your goals by sticking with my own.
Make sure everyone in your home knows what your goal is. Put a sign on your refrigerator that states what you are going to do.
(This is another motivational trick to phrase your goal in a positive light describing what you will do rather than what you won’t do. (ie. I will drink tea after dinner is much better that I will not eat ice cream.)
Ask one or two people to be your sponsors. We can learn a lot about reaching goals from groups like AA who have helped millions of people make significant changes through the accountability of relationships. Ask a friend to check on your progress daily or weekly or better yet, send them regular reports. My sponsor is doing the cleanse with me so we are in this together. Just knowing that she will ask me about my goal everyday can provide the needed motivation when I am feeling weak, tired, or craving a Coke Zero.
What goals do you have this summer?
Do you want to grow your business, spend more quality time with your children, learn to paddle board, or set some boundaries with those you love but who might be driving you just a little crazy?
If you really want to accomplish your goal, I dare you to make it public.
And then tell me about it. I’d love to encourage you instead of thinking about all the fun foods I will no longer be eating.
If you want to bump up your accountability to the next level, consider hiring a life coach to help you reach your goals. I’d love to work with you!