Ever have one of these? I remember them from when I was a kid. Little plastic squeezable change holders. They often had some printed advertisement for a local establishment and I had several of them in various colors. They were great for keeping my change, and for pretending to be a ventriloquist. I only wish it were that easy to keep the positive change I have experienced in my life.
I used to write a blog called Radical Change is Possible. I created a Facebook page too but I don’t maintain either of them anymore. When I started them, I had lost a great deal of weight, became a runner and completed a marathon, and changed my attitudes and feelings about myself and my world. I remember thinking how great it would be if my gym teachers from school could see me as an adult while remembering the fat, slow kid who struggled to run 600 yards. I remember thinking about the athletes in school who were now middle-aged men with balding heads and growing bellies. If they could only see me now and how much I had changed.
Radical Change is indeed possible. But now that I’ve gained all of my weight back, and then some, and I don’t think I can run a quarter mile, I am striving for sustainable change. I’ve decided I’ve had enough of my excuses and laziness and I am back on the road to improving my health. Sustaining the changes is the challenge.
In a Psychology Today article written by Shahram Heshmat, Ph.D, he states that good intentions are not enough. His 5 key elements of sustainable change which are important in developing self-control are: