Have you ever started a diet, new exercise program or gym membership?
Did you say “This time I’m going to do it!”?
Were you excited and all set to get off to a strong start only to find out that after a couple months you were right back to where you started (or worse)?
The good news is: it was probably not the program or even your motivation. The reason most adults cannot sustain long term change has to do with their “COMFORT ZONE.” So the key to making real, lasting change in your life is not in choosing the right diet or program, but in changing how you think. Your mindset.
Now you are probably saying “Okay, that sounds good. Now how do I do that?”
First you have to understand your comfort zone. It is always moving in the direction of getting larger or smaller.
Have you ever known an older adult whose comfort zone was so small they can barely get themselves out to do anything?
The bad news is that if left on its own, we naturally shrink our comfort zone as we age.
To make real change you have to live in the mode of expanding your comfort zone (and loving it). The reason we can’t stay on a diet or exercise program is because it is just too “uncomfortable” or “painful” for us, so when the results plateau (as they always do) we revert back to our old habits and shrink back into our comfort zone.
We like being “safe” and comfortable.
One way to expand your comfort zone is by using something like a personal life coach.
Another way is to intentionally go out and do things that are beyond your comfort zone, like parachuting out of an airplane or bungee jumping, but most of us need something easier and with good people around to support us.
That is where karate comes in!
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