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Top tips to end sabotage to achieve your health goals

15 Jan 2015 2:30 PM - Don't let the saboteurs win!

In my last blog I wrote about how those around you might be sabotaging your efforts to make positive, healthy changes in your life. Sabotage could be the hidden reason you aren't achieving your goals.

I've also written before about how to set your health goals and how to overcome procrastination. (As a naturopath, I am mainly working with my clients from my Melbourne clinic on health issues but the principles apply just as well to other goals in your life).

So now, you should be clear on your goals, you know your “why” and you've worked out ways to overcome any tendency to procrastinate but what can you do about saboteurs? Here are some suggestions:

Knowledge is power when you want to achieve your goals

Recognising your saboteurs is the first step to dis-arming them. Work out who they are and why they might be sabotaging your best efforts. (This might be easier said than done. It can be a little uncomfortable acknowledging saboteurs and you might need some help).

How to remove yourself from temptation

A few ideas to get you thinking...

  • that friend who always pushes you to drink more than you want? – suggest a breakfast catch up instead, offer to be the designated driver, or have another commitment to go to so you don’t get talked into staying.

  • Find places for catch ups that don’t involve eating or drinking such as going to a gallery or museum, seeing a movie (bypassing the snack bar), going for a walk etc.

  • Instead of sit down meetings (with food on tap), can you suggest a walking meeting, or simply bring your own food.

  • Make sure you keep a supply of healthier snacks in your desk so you aren't tempted by the office chocolates.

  • if you know your mum (or someone else) is likely to fuss over you and serve you more than you want, step up and get involved in serving your own meal.

  • If your goal is to save money, don’t spend your Saturday afternoon at the shops. In other words, take yourself out of the tempting environment.

Be clear on your goals and write your own rules

It’s much easier to walk past the confectionery displays and ignore the marketing of junk food when you have your eye on the prize.

Share your goals and your “why” and ask for support. If your mother (or sister or friend) always visits with cake when you are trying to cut back on the treats, explain your desires and tell them you will still love them if they come empty-handed. Who knows, you might inspire them to make some changes too.

Take the opportunity to (quietly and without fuss) set the example, ignore the initial resistance and slowly watch others come on board.

Reward yourself every time you manage to dodge the saboteur. Well done! The more you do it, the easier it will get.

Have back up

When people hear you are trying to change something in your life, they can be resistant because of the effect it might have on them. So you need reliable back up...your naturopath, personal trainer, accountant, business mentor...whoever is there for you with no vested interest other than to help you achieve your goals.

This person should be your trusted “go-to” resource. Reliable, knowledgeable and able to help you find ways around the barriers and blockers.

There is no doubt, the path of change is tough so having some back up is important.

What if you are your own saboteur? How can you overcome your own sabotage?

  • Plan ahead. Whether it is your eating plan, your exercise plan, your savings plan…write it down and put the steps in place to make it happen. Write a shopping list and do your shopping at the same time every week, set up a direct transfer to your savings account. There are always things you can do to create new habits and make it less likely that you will fall down.

  • Look inside…what is your current situation giving you? What would be the downside of the changes you want to make? Your trusted adviser should be able to help you work out the answer to these questions.

  • Don’t fall for the “all or nothing” approach. You might be one of the rare few who respond well to "all or nothing", but for most people this is a quick path to failure.  You perhaps have one slip up and use that as an excuse to give up entirely or you put yourself under so much pressure that you are just miserable and give up anyway. Start small and build some "wins" along the way.

If you have tips to help overcome sabotage, I would love to hear them. So please pop them in the comments below.

Do you need help working out your anti-sabotage strategies?

Call me on 03 9620 9503 and let me be your back up.  I get such a thrill from seeing people make positive changes in their lives.

In good health,

Kaye Wright

Melbourne CBD

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