Where do habits come from and how do they work? How is self-honesty key to learning how to improve your overall well-being? Can “pause” help you to make more informed health decisions?
In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks about How to be a Healthy Happy Human with Paul Levitin.
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Meet Paul Levitin
Paul Levitin is a health and happiness coach, and the host of “The Healthy Happy Human Podcast.” Through his podcast, his coaching, and his online courses with “The Healthy Happy Human Academy,” he seeks to help people get un-stuck, and take active control of their lives. After a decade as a personal trainer and nutrition coach, and now a board-licensed health and wellness coach, Paul is an expert in helping people create positive behavioral change. Paul educates on topics from fitness, nutrition, mindset, habits, and more — all with the goal of helping you to be a healthier, happier human.
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In This Podcast
- Habits and goals
- “Focus on how it feels”
- Paul’s advice to private practitioners
Habits and goals
Everything is the same when it comes to habits: the habits that you use to help you become a successful entrepreneur are the same habits that you use to become healthy which are the same habits that you use to be a good partner, and so forth.
Humanity works on habits for a reason.
Habits are at their base-level an evolutionary mechanism [designed] to save space and energy. Everything comes down to … biological imperative, and that’s survival. (Paul Levitin)
Your body and brain create habits to save energy and time. Therefore, habits become unconscious while things that are difficult or new require consciousness.
The goal over time is to make the things that are harder, that right now are conscious-level effort, and make that as much of a subconscious thing that I can. Then, take those other things that are subconscious … whatever that negative thing is to make it a conscious thing that you [consider]. (Paul Levitin)
It is important to remember that there is no one right answer when it comes to understanding what works for your body and your mind in forming habits.
You have to get to know yourself because that is the key to learning new skills and integrating them into your routine effectively.
“Focus on how it feels”
Intrinsic motivation versus extrinsic motivation
People mostly make their choices based on how something feels for them, and if they want to do it, then if someone tells them to.
Internally, I’m doing something if I’m going to change because I know it’s the best thing for me and I’m doing it because living my best life is what I want — that’s going to be really when I’m able to [make that change]. (Paul Levitin)
Listen to your body as well as your mind
Notice how certain activities and food make you feel afterward.
When you align your actions with the desire to improve your life overall and you listen to how things genuinely make you feel afterward, you can make some serious positive change.
Use a “pause” to let your logical brain catch up with your emotional brain to help you make more informed decisions.
Paul’s advice to private practitioners
You cannot pour from an empty cup. When you take care of yourself as a mental health practitioner, you can show up for others more powerfully.
It is in your interest and the interest of those around you that you take proper care of yourself.
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Meet Joe Sanok
Joe Sanok helps counselors to create thriving practices that are the envy of other counselors. He has helped counselors to grow their businesses by 50-500% and is proud of all the private practice owners that are growing their income, influence, and impact on the world. Click here to explore consulting with Joe.
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