Challenge and Cheat. What comes to mind when you think of those two words? Do you feel inspiration and hope? Do you feel excited? Or do those words bring up feelings of anxiety, dread, misery and fear?
I am overwhelmed by those words invading the health space lately. I want my clients to be inspired and feel hopeful about the changes they are about to make. Food should never be considered something that is a challenge to ingest or partake in. It is to be enjoyed while it nourishes our body. I often wonder how did we got to this place where we use words that feel so defeating.
When we are eating food that feeds our souls and makes us healthier and happier why would we even consider the word “cheat” in conjunction with it? If we eat something that isn’t on a specific “list” or “diet” and we call it a cheat does make it more acceptable or less damaging? Nope. Admitting to eating it doesn’t either. I have never in my years of coaching called a food plan a challenge and I avoid the word cheat at all costs as well because they have never felt “right” to me.
If you are someone who is trying to encourage and empower others to make changes I urge you to rethink the wording you are using with your programs and plans for this upcoming year. If someone is told it will be a challenge? It will be. If someone is told they can “cheat” they will more than likely do it more than once. We have all heard something similar to this “Well I figured I already messed up by eating that pizza so I figured I may as well just have the ice cream.” Try on some new terms. Words like revitalize, refresh and renew can lend a more positive spin to changes our clients are going to be making.
The stress people put on themselves about stepping off a plan or a diet (another word I refuse to embrace) is worse than anything we could possibly eat.
“Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.”
Happy prosperous, healthy, happy and EASY New Year!,