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Invitation

Invitation

We struggle with the changes we’re hoping to make when we obsess about burning the obstacles standing between our current and future self. When we put an excessive focus on eliminating what we see as the negatives. Often the things we try to reduce, remove, or stop altogether are the things that make us who we are. They’re an ingrained part of our being. We know that cutting them down now might eventually lead to those things being silenced altogether….

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Rusty cage

Rusty cage

Whatever you believe, it’s true. “I don’t have the motivation to exercise.” “I am addicted to sugar.” “I fail to understand the geopolitical situation in the sub-Saharan Africa.” Old and ingrained beliefs hold you back. The way you see yourself and the way you see the world are what built the cage you’re in. Often, it’s only your beliefs that keep you from bending the bars and walking out. And you’re unlikely to change your behaviour until you change what…

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The struggle of changing surface level habits

The struggle of changing surface level habits

It doesn’t work. We can try to implement all kinds of media sexy, but shallow tactics to improve our habits. Setting alarms, eating slow, always having vegetables in the fridge. These can work if we’re using them to simply remind ourselves to do whatever the habit is that we want to be doing. There’s nothing wrong with the tactics we try. That’s not the problem. But the tactics on their own rarely, if ever, deliver the results we want. The…

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Reflecting On 365 Days Without Alcohol: Why? And Was It Worth It?

Reflecting On 365 Days Without Alcohol: Why? And Was It Worth It?

It’s hot. And it’s humid. Typical January day in Sydney. The consequences of my earlier decision to stand in front of the blazing hot barbeque, to grill an assortment of vegetables, is dawning on me. All the while my mind keeps playing the yes/no/yes/no tug of war with the thought of popping open an ice cold bottle of pale ale. Breaking well-ingrained habits is hard. But changing bad habits you struggle with right now is not about the hacks, or…

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When You Feel Unmotivated

When You Feel Unmotivated

We all have times when we are on the verge of stopping because the goal just feels too enormous and intimidating. Maybe the goal looks like a small dot in the horizon. Maybe it feels like an unbearable mountain with vertical walls, jammed with barbed-wire and razor blade obstacles. And manned machine guns. Most people stop before they get anywhere. I like to call them the start stoppers. They don’t stay on the same route long enough to see results…

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Conquering Donut Cravings

Conquering Donut Cravings

  As is with most great blog post ideas (even if I say it myself), this too came while having a chat with one of my clients last week. He’s been trying to find ways to curb down his sugar consumption and was able to do so with a very simple shift in mindset.

Why Your Habits Don’t Work

Why Your Habits Don’t Work

In our private coaching group Rage Against The Calorie Counting (it’s funny, you can laugh) we work together to implement healthier habits over a long period of time. Our simple goal is to make healthy eating and movement part of life that eventually become your second nature. And in order to do so we focus on a making healthy diet and movement reasonable instead of creating overbearing “do this or you will fail at life” – rules. And we most certainly…

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“To-Do” or “To-Not-Do”?

“To-Do” or “To-Not-Do”?

When changing habits there’s a lot of advice on how to insert positive habits that over time will flood your life and override any unhealthy habits that you might have. But just because it’s common advice dispensed by everyone (including myself) it doesn’t mean that it’s the only way to go about changing habits.

Habit Change Made Ridiculously Simple

Habit Change Made Ridiculously Simple

We can make diet changes, training routines or any other new and challenging task easier over time by learning to rely on our habit building and changing process. We want to make it as easy and automated as possible.  Habits provide structure for your life. They make the daily tasks easier for the brain so you can save its capacity  for more demanding tasks. Such as trying to figure out why square pegs just won’t fit into round holes. Or does…

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One Habit Better Than Willpower

One Habit Better Than Willpower

Planning ahead for obstacles will dramatically improve your chances of winning in life. Major storm heading your way? Better plan an exit strategy or a way to storm-proof your house. A Christmas party with the family? Better plan an exit strategy or a way to storm-proof your house.