Want to Achieve Your Goals? Start by Writing Your Desires

TRANSFORMING YOUR HABITS TO TRANSFORM YOUR HEALTH PART 4

So we’ve covered that you’ve got to desire your best health to create the necessity for the change to happen and we’ve given you a visualization exercise to help with this. Now we’ve got a little homework to do. You’re going to need to do some journaling if you’re going to follow through with what these posts are teaching you.

Why Journal?

Journaling is an extremely effective habit. You can do it electronically, or with pencil and paper, but you need to do this. It doesn’t have to be a long session. Short sessions work, too. As you write things down, you further cement them in your mind.

For this journaling exercise, all I’m going to have you write down are your desires for your health. Not a negative focus, such as, “I don’t want to be heavy anymore,” or, “I don’t want to be addicted to nicotine.” Instead, we’re focusing on what you desire for yourself.

You desire the freedom to experience your best health.

You want freedom from any form of addiction, whether that be a drug, a form of entertainment, or foods.

You desire the freedom to live your best life and to make choices every day that support that.

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Where Do I Start?

So we’re going to begin to write these down. This is going to really help because remember you’ve got to know where you’re trying to go. I want you to think about the different domains of your health:

  • Nutrition

  • Movement

  • Stress management

  • Sleep

  • Thought life

In each of those areas, I want you to jot down your desires. I use the word “desire” because goal setting often comes across as work. It’s something you ought to do or have to do to achieve success.

What we’re talking about is imagining the things you want the most for yourself. It is fine to get lost in your thoughts about your heart’s desires. It is a form of daydreaming, but in a focused way. We’re going to focus our daydreaming towards what we really want. So your job is simple: in each of those domains of your health, you write down what you really want for yourself.

“I want to desire truly nutritious foods.”

“I desire to use my body every day effectively so that my muscles and bones feel good and strong.”

“I want to always be able to direct my thoughts towards positive emotions, such as gratitude, joy, and contentment.”

“I want to have mastery over fear responses and never be driven by fear again.”

“I want to sleep deeply and effectively every night, and wake fully rested and ready for the next day.”

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Your mind has to know where you’re trying to go, and that’s what you’re doing in this exercise—you’re teaching it what you want for you. As you do so, you’ll begin to read over these regularly and remind yourself where you’re trying to go. It’s helpful to get these daily reminders. The more often you remind yourself, the more your subconscious will begin to accept that this is what you want, and then your subconscious will begin to change your habit matrix in such a way that it’ll automate the habits of good health. 

What Happens Next?

Frequently throughout this series, we are going to ask you to write things down, so you’re going to have to do this if you want this to work for you. You cannot just read these and say, “Oh, that sounds like a good idea,” and then think about it. You actually have to do the work.

I promise you, if you follow through with what this series teaches you, you’re going to have a new mastery over your habits that will set you free from poor health, and allow you to experience your best health.