From learning how to cook homemade meals to guzzling daily kale-salmon smoothies, any good, new habits require a fair amount of energy and time. But if they don't connect with what you believe in, then you'll fail to create the habits that matter, plain and simple.
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Your values, your priorities, are the things that you truly believe deep-down are important to your life. These values certainly aren't confined to your health -- they can involve family, career, money, fame, skill development, or all of the above. What you value can essentially predict whether you'll really put in your full effort; or feel stressed out, anxious, or just disinterested while trying to create healthy habits.
And that, quite frankly, is the difference between success in building good, healthy habits; or falling flat on your face while trying. This concept comes from Bryan Krahn, a fitness personal coach, who says:
If someone just doesn't see the value in improving their health or losing fat -- say they're "told" by their doctor to lose weight -- not only will they fight the big changes, they will also fight the little things.
They say that habits take smaller, manageable steps, but if you don't value whatever it is you are supposed to be doing, even doing the small things will suck. Rather than asking yourself "What's the best way to...?" and trying to do things that you think you "should" do, start asking "What really matters to me?" and figure out whether your priorities, behaviours and how you invest your time all align with your values.
Why Healthy Habits Don't Work [Bryan Krahn]