Are you chasing results or building a practice?

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Since it is Monday, I thought today would be the perfect day to remind you that focusing a little less on the results you are seeking with your health and a little more on practicing the behaviors that will likely lead to those results, truly is the magic sauce to transformation.

There are a lot of things that bother me about the way the diet and fitness industries have gone about trying to inspire women to take better care of themselves, but one of the things that disturbs me the most is that so many programs and systems sell results rather than teach sustainable practices of self-care.

Selling “doing the work” isn’t as sexy as selling “results”… I get it.

Yet…

Women would be so much better served by learning how to develop a “practice of sustainable self-care strategies” rather than being encouraged to chase results.

Chasing results rarely leads to sustainable behavior change (the horrific failure rate of the diet industry has proven that) and causes a lot of psychological stress (which I talked a lot about in this week’s podcast episode: Why Diet & Exercise Aren’t Enough).

But…

Committing to a practice of developing healthy behaviors almost always leads to results that are easy to sustain.

PRACTICE has become such an undervalued skill set in the realm of women’s health, which is such a shame because health is often a testament to our practice.

Health is a practice of:

Showing up… consistently.
Staying honest with yourself.
Surrendering “perfection”.
Leaning into the discomfort of self-discipline.
Extending self-compassion.
Being willing to fail but not quit.
Trusting yourself.
Mending your relationship with yourself.

Building a practice of healthy behaviors will elevate your health in a way that just chasing results never will.

Which means, of course, you have to be willing to get in the ring with all of the behaviors and beliefs that aren’t serving the life you want to live and rumble with them until you shape them into things that DO serve you.

The work involved in feeling and doing your best NEVER goes away, my friend.

So, we must find ways to practice the work in ways that are less depleting and, dare I say, even joyful … so we can sustain them.

In case you didn’t know, helping women do just that is my zone of genius. If you know you need help building a practice of healthier living, consider booking a FREE coaching call with me.

I hope you focus a little less on chasing results this week and a lot more on your practice.

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