Once I started creating positive change in my life, such as having a vision, following a morning ritual or working out more I noticed that sometimes it was difficult for me to make changes stick. One of the reasons why it is so difficult, is that your environment might be holding you back.
It could even be that you are not aware of it, it might all happen unconsciously.
For example when I am travelling it is more difficult for me to keep up good habits I usually follow: I eat unhealthy food and sleep longer than I want to. The only reason why this is the case, is that my environment is different. The usual cues that I have at my home, such as healthy food in my fridge or my alarm clock are not there anymore.
All those small aspects of your environment add up. They compound and can shift your life in a positive or negative way.
So when you are serious about making a change in your life you need to take control of your environment.
Here are some changes you could make to your environment as inspiration. There is so much more you can come up with! I just brainstormed these in one minute.
- Remove unhealthy food from your house and keep healthy food in reach.
- Meet more often with friends that are encouraging you and motivating you.
- Create a workout schedule and hang it to your wall where you can see it every day
- Use an alarm clock instead of your mobile phone to not get distracted by notifications
- Hang motivational posters in your house
(Why not take a minute NOW, I mean RIGHT NOW to brainstorm some changes you could make to your environment and implement them directly to take back control of your environment?)
Every little positive change you make in your environment counts, even if you only implement a small change every day it will have an effect. Small changes compound and add up.
If you know the car brand Toyota, this is how they became known for building quality cars. At Toyota every employee is encourage to make one little improvement a day. And even if it’s a small improvement such as smiling when coming to work, this all adds up. Especially when you add up every little improvement of each employee.
Toyota called this philosophy “Kaizen”. Since introduced it a number of car brands have copied and made us of it in their factories with astonishing results. So it is PROVEN this philosophy actually works and has an impact. Why not make it your own philosophy and take back control?
Let me know which small changes you have implemented in the comments. Also be sure to watch the YouTube video and subscribe to my channel :).
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