What are some of the key beliefs that you need to have to build healthy habits and be a successful Sleekgeek?
After coaching hundreds of clients in the Sleekgeek Coaching Program, seeing thousands of transformations in the Sleekgeek 8-Week Challenge, and learning first-hand from our own personal successes, we can’t help but notice a few common factors that stand out over and over again.
1) Design your environment
Your environment sets you up for success or failure by default. If you keep lots of healthy food in your house, you’re more likely to eat lots of healthy food. If you keep lots of junk food in your house, you’re more likely to eat lots of junk food.
2) Life is better when you’re healthy
When you are healthy every aspect of your life improves.
3) Be your own hero
No one is coming to save you. It’s up to you to make it happen, no one will do it for you.
4) Let health be your anchor
When life gets tough and you want to quit, it’s even more important to double down and invest in your health.
5) Health is a habit
You are what you repeatedly do. Fit and healthy people don’t follow plans, they have habits that they repeat day in and day out.
6) Bounce back quickly
Everyone makes mistakes, but winners get back on track ASAP. They BOUNCE back, they don’t take their time sloooowly waddling back to where they were. You’re only one healthy meal away from getting back on track.
7) Your actions express your priorities
Words are cheap. It doesn’t matter what you say or believe are your priorities, your actions tell the truth.
8) You can’t pour from an empty cup
To give others your best, you need to take care of yourself first. It may seem selfish, but if you don’t look after yourself then you can’t be the best version of yourself that others need you to be.
9) Have a growth mindset
You have to believe that you CAN improve with practice and effort. You are not suck, you are not in a fixed place, you can grow and learn and improve.
10) Commitment beats motivation
Motivation is fleeting. It comes and goes over time. But commitment is reliable. Don’t only do what you need to do when you’re feeling motivated, stick to your commitments and get it done. The motivation will come back.
11) Motivation is optional
You don’t have to be motivated to do something. Very often simply getting started, even when you don’t feel like it, makes you feel more motivated.
12) Health opens new doors
Getting healthy leads to new opportunities and experiences. Lack of health closes a LOT of doors.
13) Focus on a bright future
Run towards the rewards rather than away from the fear.
14) You are who you have coffee with
The people who you surround yourself with shape your life. To be successful and build healthy habits, you need to spend more time around those who you want to be more like. Similarly, you need to spend less time around those who drag you down and make you worse.
15) Progress requires practice
If you want to get better, you need to practice over and over again. It’s usually hard in the beginning, but it gets easier with practice. If you’re struggling right now, then you just aren’t good enough YET – keep practicing!
16) You are who you think you are
The labels that we give ourselves and the identity that we wear have a huge influence on our confidence to do things. Decide the type of person you want to be and prove it to yourself with actions. Even if you aren’t that person yet, you can become 1% more that kind of person each day through taking consistent action.
17) The debate doesn’t matter
All that matters is the end result. Your excuses are valid, but so are the consequences. Don’t give in to your excuses, no matter how valid, because all you win is no results. Find a way to be stronger than your excuses and “win” the debate about why you can or can’t do something in your favour.
18) No failure, only lessons
Every setback is an opportunity to learn and get better. The only failure is if you never truly learn from your mistakes.
19) There’s always a solution
When you believe there is always a solution, you will make the effort to look for it. If you don’t believe it’s possible, you won’t try hard enough.
20) Quitting is not an option
When you quit on your health, you quit on yourself. Giving up and quitting is just not an option, so keep on fighting.
21) Getting started is the most important part
You can learn and plan and wait for the right time, but if you don’t actually start then it’s all a waste. Get started sooner rather than later and figure it out as you go. Start small and scale up from there.
22) Consistency beats perfection
Nobody is perfect. Trying to be perfect is the enemy of progress. Aim to do things mostly right as consistently as you can and you’ll be much better off.
23) Focus on BIG wins
Spend more time focusing on the 20% of actions that will get you 80% of the results. Don’t major in the minor.
24) All-or-nothing often results in nothing
Most people are either “on” or “off” their plan. Either 100% or 0%. Unfortunately, you can’t maintain 100% effort all the time, so you’ll usually end up with 0% if you try. Rather than “all-or-nothing” aim for “always something”, even if it’s not perfect.
25) Your schedule doesn’t lie
The things you schedule are your priorities. If it’s truly important, find a way to make sure that it happens. If you “forget” or “don’t have time” then it’s simply not a priority.
26) You become your excuses
Don’t get stuck believing your excuses, there’s always a way.
27) Health is the real wealth
Without your health, you have nothing. It’s good to chase different goals throughout life, but don’t sacrifice your health to achieve them.