Taking That First Step

Sometimes when people think about their health goals they become overwhelmed with having to change every single aspect of their lives. When you focus only on the ultimate goal it is easy to become paralyzed with fear. Going from the Standard American Diet  to a 100% clean eating plan overnight is nearly impossible, even for the most determined go-getter. It is so easy to look at everything you want to do and feel completely overwhelmed. And often times this feeling of being overwhelmed leads to not taking any action at all. When you feel so far away from where you want to be it can be hard to take the first step. But that's the secret to success in any area of life; take the first step. Instead of focusing on EVERYTHING you need to change, focus on the first step. Because we live in an instant gratification society it can be a challenge to approach change with patience. We want to look better and feel better now, not in six months!! Well, unfortunately, that is not reality. However sometimes taking that first step can take you further than you would have every imagined. It's incredible what a strong intention filled action can do. Sometimes even though you are at the very beginning of your journey you will start to feel differently rather quickly. 

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There have been many times in my life where I focused so firmly on EVERYTHING that I wanted  that I tripped myself up with fear. Especially when I started my journey to becoming a Health Coach. I remember looking at the people who were already doing what I wanted to do successfully and thinking I could never get to where they were. How could I possibly accomplish so much in a short period of time? I found myself feeling stuck and frozen, and then with a little ( or maybe a lot) of help from my own coach I took my first step. I enrolled in school, I started my instagram account, I put up my first blog post, and I just kept on going. Everything stated happening! First of all I had to realize that all of this did not have to be done in a short period of time, in fact it is always better to build momentum at a steady sustainable pace, and that was a huge realization for me. So with a little bit of patience and planning I got myself to where I am today and of course I am continuing to grow and expand my work on a daily basis. This story completely applies to creating a healthier lifestyle. Instead of getting tripped up by looking at the people who already have six packs and eat a million salads a day, become inspired by those people and recognize that you can be there too (if that's your goal) but in order to get there you need to take the first step. Once you acknowledge where you want to go, it's important to create a road map to get there. Then instead of obsessing over that end point you can turn your focus to what you are doing NOW. This is also by the way the best way to set yourself up for long term success. Making incremental life changes will help you rebuild your reality so that you don't slip up and fall back. Because when you make extreme changes it can be extremely difficult to stay on track. 

What are your goals right now? I would love to hear from you and support you in reaching them! Email me at beautifullybalanceddiet@gmail.com and let me know what you are up to! 

xoxo,

Natalie