Successfully changing habits | Club Mondain

Bijgewerkt: 28 apr 2020

Continued success equals maintenance. There is no such thing as a one-off in vitality. So why not enjoy the actions you do on a regular basis?

Actually, academic research shows that you and I are very predictable in following through on a wanted lifestyle. Although complex, and dependant on several factors, it boils down to how high your desire (internal motivation) is, how high your need (reason why you must) is and if your belief system and environment are all in favor of the change. Meaning that if the pro’s and con’s of the new habit are all aligned then you will take the action needed to make the change.

Simply put in this equation:

Desire (internal) + Need (external) + Own belief system and values = action.

For example you want to add more steps to your daily routine. The Desire is to be more fit and feel energized throughout the day. The Need is that there is more awareness and focus by colleagues, management, neighbours etc to be healthier. Finally you agree and believe that more exercise will benefit your life and those you care about. This is an example scenario in you are very likely to succeed in adding this new habit and it will stick.

At Club Mondain we focus on a practical way to support you in your growth and accomplishing your (health) goals. More importantly, besides enjoying the results, also being aware and to be proud of all the steps in between. Time and time again we see that energy and vitality goes up when following this process.

When you aspire to start or further develop your healthy lifestyle you’ll soon learn that this journey will require you to take action and try new things to develop the habits you desire.

We differentiate 3 phases in this particular journey:

1. Trial and implementation phase - 3 months,

2. Integration phase - 3 months,

3. New routine integrated.

Everyone is different, which means everyone’s pace is also different. Abovementioned duration per phase in merly an indication to what generally works best.

Now you have an idea why developing new habits is important and what phases this includes, here are the specific steps that you can take to make it happen:

  • Write down what the background of your health goals or if you are more picture minded, make a mood board and put it up where you regularly see it,

  • Include long-term desires such as; seeing your grandchildren growing up or aging in a vital way,

  • Formulate your goals, make them long enough to allow yourself time to try out new things and make them short enough to stay motivated,

  • Plan your actions in your schedule for the duration of a fun trial period and implementation phase lasting 3 months at most,

  • The trial period means that you execute your actions the way you intended,

  • The implementation phase means that you have a short evaluation of your goal. Is it still your wanted direction? Adjust your actions if in the trial period things didn’t work for you and then follow through to the end of the planned phase,

  • Include details in your actions. The newer the habit is, the more details matter, so you make it easier to take the required steps and yes preparations are actions too!,

  • See if you have any electronic tracking devices that would be helpful to measure your results. Don’t let your feelings demotivate you along the trial period and let some facts help you to see if adjustment is needed.

Start to zoom in on your lifestyle, this starts with awareness. It starts with you granting yourself permission to look from a distance, stray away from your own perfection “how it should be” and then being okay with what you did, readjusting the actions and enjoying the journey.

Please share your experiences because we are always curious to learn how this suggestion benefitted your travel health!

Healthy Stays,

Team Club Mondain

Sources are:

Azjen, L. (2011) The theory of planned behaviour: Reactions and reflections. Psychology & Health, 26 11113-1127.

Duran, L.S. (2003. Motivating health: Strategies for the nurse practitioner. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 15, 200 -205.

Carpenter, C.J. (2010) A meta-analysis of the effectiveness of health belief model variables in predicting behavior. HEalth Communication, 25, 661 - 669.

Wansink, (2010). Mindless eating: Why we eat more than we think. New York (Duran, 2003, Farkas, cohen, mcnamara.nemec en cohen 200, Miller & rollnick 2013), Carpenter 2010, Ajzen 2011, Miller & Rollnick, 2013) Wansink, 2010.

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