One of our main goals at The Hart of Health is to help people to become their healthiest selves and to inspire them to aim for self-optimization. For years, people have mainly been focusing on aesthetics when it comes to health, but there is so much more to focus on when it comes to health, such as improving your physical and mental performance, increasing longevity, lowering your chances of disease, improving symptoms of a health condition to enhance your quality of life, etc.
If your body is in its healthiest state, it makes sense that other health-related concerns should improve along with it, and that even your body composition will reach an ideal point. If you are after self-optimization and want to become the healthiest version of you, there are a few things that you can do to make it easier and to develop the mindset needed to reach your goals.
Focus on Becoming Healthier One Day at a Time
When setting a health or self-optimization goal, whether it is losing weight, becoming stronger, building muscle, improving your joints, etc. it can be difficult not to get impatient. As humans, we usually want results quickly, and can become discouraged when something takes too long to achieve. We want instant gratification, but we cannot have that mindset when it comes to health and self-optimization.
Becoming healthy and achieving self-optimization takes time, so you have to be patient. Yes, you can set a goal and visualise what you want to achieve, but after that, it is best to just focus on things one day at a time.
It is important to focus on overcoming the day’s challenges instead of focusing on your long-term goals. Now this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have long-term goals, quite the contrary.
Describe your ideal future and outline your goals very clearly. You should have a bigger picture in mind, but focus on smaller and more manageable daily goals.
We often become overwhelmed by things we want to achieve, and this often leaves us feeling a little bit paralysed. You get to where you want to be one step at a time, so it makes sense to focus on doing what the day demands rather than what you need to do months from now. This mindset can be applied to almost any health and self-optimization goal, whether it is weight loss, becoming an advanced yogi, longevity, running an obstacle course race, etc.
Focus on You. It is Called Self-Optimization After All
Don’t compare your health and self-optimization journey to others. Every person is different, and people respond differently to different foods, exercises, and treatments. Comparing yourself to others can be distracting, frustrating, and demotivating.
It is much better for your mental health to focus on yourself and just becoming healthier one day at a time. Focus on doing the things necessary to help your body become healthier on a daily basis.
Aim to Be 1% Healthier Than You Were Yesterday
Ask yourself at the end of the day: “Am I better than I was yesterday?” If the answer is yes, and you are better off than you were when you woke up that morning, because you did things to advance your health, such as going for a walk, drinking your vitamins, eating nutrient-rich food, etc. then you can count your day as successful.
If you just become 1% healthier a day, then you will eventually have radically transformed your health.
Find a Healthy Lifestyle that You Enjoy
Explore the diet and lifestyle practices that make you feel good and that you enjoy. You will know the ideal lifestyle for you. It is the one you are naturally drawn to. Don’t do things that you don’t enjoy. When you know who you are, what you want to achieve, and what you like, you can use that to set health and fitness goals and create your own ideal diet and lifestyle for self-optimization.
Do What Is Good for You and Not What Is Convenient
When faced with a challenging decision like whether or not to eat the last ten cookies in the bag, you can either choose the thing that will bring you momentary satisfaction, but will affect your overall wellbeing negatively, or you can make the decision that is better for you and your future happiness.
Optimal health and self-optimization happen one day at a time, and if you are patient and willing to incorporate daily habits that, over the long-term, will help you to become your healthiest self, you will be unstoppable in your efforts.