Believe it & you will achieve it!
Hi everybody, my name is Niamh, I'm one of the mentors here at Tesco Diets and I've joined the Expert blog team to share some of the advice and support I give on a one to one basis with you all.
Many of you may have seen me use the words "Believe it and you will achieve it" in my responses to you. While I feel this is a powerful statement, there is more to it than just the words. This is a technique I personally use to get to the root of the things I value and turn these into positive action plans for change. When I first started using this statement it felt very strange to me but I gave it a shot and now I use them all the time.
To begin with I made a list of the things I wanted, putting "I love my..." or "I have my..." in front of the things I truly valued in life. This gave me a very positive foundation to take to the next level. My next step was to also write a list of the things I really wanted. So I changed the statement from "I love my life" to "I love my life because I am fit and active". Just writing all of this down, made it seem real to me.
So with my groundwork down, I focused on achieving being fit and active. My first step was a 12k organised walk I participated in last October. The walk was organised for the Irish Cancer Society and as my dad has cancer, I was doing it not just for me, but for somebody I loved, my dad. I had my plan and I had my motivation, so I started to train. Before the walk, I was managing 7k and silly me, I thought that 7k was nearly 12, so I would be prepared for the walk. Boy I was wrong! The training I did simply wasn't enough, not only had I not managed 12k but what I had done was on flat surface; the walk was up and down a very steep hill.
I started the walk and thought it would be a breeze, then came the rain, buckets of it. I had brought my dog with me and we both got soaked to the skin; all three layers I was wearing stuck to me. I was nowhere near the finish line and at this stage felt like quitting but I then remembered my mantra "Believe it and you will achieve it". I changed feeling miserable into determination, pictured myself crossing the finishing line with all the fulfilment I would feel with it. I picked myself up and three hours later, soaked to my skin and having carried my dog for the past hour and a half, I staggered across the finishing line. There wasn't a soul around to say well done, they had all gone into hiding with the rain. Back in my car, feeling miserable, I sat and cried. I cried, not just because I felt miserable but because I was overwhelmed by my feelings of achievement. Believe it and you will achieve it saw me through to the end, although my little dog Angel, who loves her walks, went into hiding for 3 days after every time I took her harness out. She just didn't want to know me but do you blame her after such an ordeal?
On a day to day basis, I also find this technique particularly helps me focus on my diet. I love cooked veg, but I don't eat enough and decided to eat salads at lunch. It was a struggle to begin with, I was eating foods I wouldn't normally and truth be told, spent more time thinking of what I wasn't eating, not about the new flavours I was enjoying. But I knew what my goal was and I believed I could do it. In time I was truly enjoying my new diet and I continue to. I believed it, I worked at it and I achieved it.
On a day to day basis, I also find this technique particular helps me focus on my diet. I love cooked veg, but I don't eat enough and decided to eat salads at lunch. It was a struggle to begin with, I was eating foods I wouldn't normally and truth be told, spent more time thinking of what I wasn't eating, not about the new flavours I was enjoying. But I knew what my goal was and I believed I could do it. In time I was truly enjoying my new diet and I continue to. I believed it, I worked at it and I achieved it.
To finish off, I will use one final non diet and exercise example. I have often said that I would love to drive a Hummer but this Hummer of my dreams has never just appeared in front of me. However, I learned that I could rent one when I was on holidays. So I did my research, believed I could make this happen, took the steps to rent it and I drove my Hummer. Believing and achieving will only come about through taking steps to make it happen, investing in yourself and seeing it through. I was once told that planting seeds in the soil doesn't make the crop grow, you must water it, have the right conditions for it to grow and care for it. Invest in yourself, believe in what you want and create the right conditions for them to grow and you'll reap your own healthy harvest of achievements.
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them". ~ Walt Disney ~