First off we just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS on completing the 28-Day eHealth Challenge! We hope you achieved your goals and beyond! However, we know life doesn't always go according to plan, and sometimes we veer off course. When this happens, we need to have a motto or message we can repeat out loud that helps us get back on track and keep moving towards what we want.
An example of a motivating message comes from the U.S. military. As you may know, the NAVY SEALS are legendary for their commitment to their mission, sometimes in the face of hardships most of us cannot imagine. A former NAVY SEALS trainer was once speaking in front of a large audience on the topic of commitment.
When he had concluded his remarks, he asked his listeners whether they had any questions. A member of the audience stood up and said, “Yes, I have a question. What happens in the SEALS training that prepares your people to endure such dire circumstances in battle or while in captivity?”
The trainer responded, "We teach them to NEVER QUIT.”
The questioner wouldn't accept answer. "Come on!” he persisted. “You must use some sort of special program to train them to endure things like emotional abuse, isolation, deprivation, torture and life-threatening injuries – without ever losing their commitment to the mission.”
The NAVY SEALS trainer responded quite firmly, "We train them to NEVER QUIT."
The reason why the NAVY SEALS are so highly regarded in their field is because they NEVER QUIT. They are legendary for their self-discipline – and endlessly repeated motivating message of theirs, NEVER QUIT, is the reason why.
Now let me ask you a question. What if you decided NEVER TO QUIT on your plans, dreams and goals, and to make that message part of your personal identity? How high would you climb if you made a personal commitment to make “NEVER QUIT” your motivating message whenever you hit an obstacle? Where would you be in your life one year from now if you made a habit of repeating that message to yourself, out loud, each and every day?
Make NEVER QUIT your motivating message – the message you repeat to yourself whenever you veer off course and focus this final week on energizing your body using the recommended strategies listed above.
Now that the challenge is over... what's next for you?
If you’d like to accelerate your results beyond the challenge, explore simple meal plans, or learn how you could benefit from working with a free Certified Coach, reach out to the person who invited you to the challenge and ask for more information. Learn more about our coaching program and health coach opportunity here.
eHealth Challenge Tip: Think positive thoughts
Our inner dialogue can get us into trouble when we worry that refusing food or drinks will offend someone or call attention to ourselves in a negative way. Likewise, you might tell yourself that if you have one bite of cake, it’s all over and you’ve blown it. Try counterbalancing these ideas with more constructive thoughts, such as, “It’s going to be tough not eating dessert, but I’ll be okay. I have techniques I can use, and my health goals are definitely worth it.” Be assertive If someone pressures you to eat something you know isn’t in line with your health goals, stand up for yourself. You have the right to be heard and don’t have to apologize or explain yourself to anyone. You can respectfully communicate your wishes, thoughts, and feelings, and not have to feel at the mercy of anyone who doesn’t understand. “Thanks, but no thanks: I’m completely committed to healthy eating right now.”