7 – Your Crew Behind You
Start recruiting your supporters
Back in Lesson 2, I explained that if you think about your subconscious as a crew on your ship, they’re all there on board to sail the ship in the direction that you want to go in.
Now it’s time to think about who else in your life is a part of your crew.
Nothing worth doing can be done alone.
Phil Carvaggio, Precision Nutrition CEO
The people around us — family, friends, colleagues, roommates, etc. — can influence what we do.
Make that work in your favour.
This week, try building your social support network by recruiting some cheerleaders and helpers for Team You.
You don’t have to dump all your friends and only find new ones at boot camp or Kalefest.
Rather, look for ways that you can incorporate health, fitness, and good nutrition into your daily interactions with the people you know and love.
Along the way, you might have to have some tough, honest conversations about what you need.
You might have to negotiate some changes in your household routines.
But you’ll probably find that most people are rooting for you and want you to be healthier and happier.
Team recruitment 101
The more people you recruit for your team, the better your chances of succeeding.
No matter how you do this:
Ask for help if you need it. Don’t be a martyr all the time.
Look for opportunities everywhere. Be creative. Have fun!
Be patient, but persistent. Not everyone will come around to your new healthy habits right away. That’s normal.
Figure out what YOU need to be your best self, and ask for it. Remember: You need to put your own oxygen mask on first before helping others.
Focus on what you can control. You can’t control other people. You can only be the boss of you. You’re in charge of your actions and your attitude, and you can do lots of things to improve your environment.
If you’re a parent, you have control of what comes into the house. Use this as an opportunity to teach or find out about home cooking and share that with your family.
At work, why not meet up with your colleagues outside of the office for a walk, or sign up for a team building fitness event.
With friends, have a dinner party, ” Dine With Me” style, where everything on the table is prepped from scratch where possible.
If you’re not sure how to cook something… ask someone who might know how. It’s a great conversation starter, especially if you haven’t spoken in a while.
These are just a few ideas. “Grab and go” with the ones that suit your needs and your life. Even little changes add up.
Tomorrow is your chance to catch up on any lessons, check in with your progress and prepare for the week ahead. Have a fantastic day!
Pause and Reflect
Do the people around you (e.g. family, roommates, close friends, etc.) help you with your nutrition and health goals? If so, how?
Do the people around you hinder your nutrition and health goals? If so, how?
In terms of staying on track with your healthy lifestyle, what could you do this week to work more effectively with the people around you?