Deciding to do something and actually doing it are two different things. All of us decide to make changes that don’t happen and when we do we get upset, frustrated or we see it as more validation to our view that ‘people don’t change’ or that ‘change is hard’.
The personal change cycle seeks to lift the covers on the mysteries of change. The aim is to show you ‘how’ to make change happen….unfortunately, it doesn’t do it for you. So if you want to reduce the amount of sugar you’re consuming, this 3 step approach might work for you:
- Change the way you think about sugar – connect your emotional brain to why you want to reduce how much you consume and address any beliefs you have about why you ‘want’ or ‘need’ it
- Make a conscious choice to change how much sugar you eat – for example buying a smaller bottle of your favourite fizzy drink or reducing the number you have each day or week
- Create an environment to help you succeed – get your friends or partner to give you feedback on your progress, focus on the benefits, treat yourself with ‘sugar alternatives’
Don’t worry if you don’t succeed at first, making a change takes, time, practice and commitment