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What drinking water has taught me about achieving impossible goals

I have a confession to make:

I love water, but I’m rarely thirsty.

It’s a pretty serious problem, because even when I’m breaking a sweat at the gym or eating something very salty, my thirst reflex doesn’t turn on.

I know, sounds pretty strange. Coming from someone in her late 20s. If anything, I should be more worried about not getting a job. Or not finding the right man. Right?

Nope.

The truth is, I feel more cursed having this I’m-never-thirsty problem, because normally it afflicts people past their 50s.

Does this mean I’m getting old or something? | Photo Credit: Zi Jian Lim

Don’t get me wrong, I KNOW water is good for me. I KNOW I should drink more. Not just because my body is showing me obvious signs that I’m dehydrated (like flaky skin, parched lips, dark yellow urine, dry mouth), but because water has been my best friend for stopping bad headaches from getting worse. Not to mention, it helps my tummy look (and feel) less bloated. And my mouth feeling more fresh.

So with all of these wonderful perks, why can’t I get myself to just drink?

The same reason why some of us don’t study in school. Or exercise for a slimmer body. Or interview for a higher position.

We simply don’t feel like it.

It’s a tough dilemma we’ve all gone through, especially when our ambitions exceed our natural abilities. But there’s nothing we can really do to achieve our deepest desires unless we challenge our instincts.

It’s going to be hard, but hard doesn’t mean impossible.

That’s what I’ve been doing for 3 months now — training my body to drink water when I don’t feel like it. And now I feel great! Not only do I have more energy and focus, but I’m in the best shape than I’ve ever been these past 5 years.

Feeling good at the beach. 🙂 

So that said, let me tell you exactly what I did to achieve this “impossible” goal of mine.

If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan. Never the goal.

I remember failing every New Year’s resolution or promise that I made to myself. Simply because my plans were SO vague. Or I didn’t make a plan.

So this time, instead of committing myself to “drink more water,” I broke down my goal into smaller milestones:

Note: I’m adding 4 cups of water to my daily water intake (not 4 cups of water total!).

Boy, did this make a world’s difference to my commitment.

After I hit the 1st milestone, I got a rush of satisfaction, similar to how a fat person walks into the gym for the very first time. It won’t feel good when you’re actually in the process of your success. But once you complete your 1st mini goal, you’ll feel more motivated to hit the next!

Takeaway:

Cut up big goals into achievable steps. It’s better to do a little than nothing at all.

Create a visual reminder of your goal

Sometimes I’d forget to drink, because there wouldn’t be any cups or bottles within my field of vision. Which totally defeats my entire purpose of this water challenge.

Sooooo, I bought myself a water bottle:

My lifesaver, Asobu Le Baton Travel Water Bottle.

This made it MUCH more easier for me to remember to drink. Plus, I could carry this water bottle to practically anywhere — to coffeeshops, to the airport, to the gym.

The best part is knowing exactly how many fluid ounces of liquid it can hold — 17 oz.

Since 1 cup = 8 oz, I’d only need to drink half the bottle to reach each milestone. Simple as that.

Takeaway:

Always keep your eyes on your goal, on your success, on your efforts towards a better you. The trick is to automate your habits through a visual cue.

Reward yourself with a small treat

Building good habits and staying persistent with your goals gets pretty tough. Which is why I make it a weekly thing to reward my efforts.

Like the other day, I treated myself to the most legit, ube ice cream in the world.

Halo halo, baby!

As soon as I drove straight to the gym, I immediately jumped onto the bar and powered through all 10 pull-ups without a pause!

Normally I take one-second breaks between my reps. But that day I felt like I could take on anything.

Takeaway:

Rewards motivate you to push yourself harder.

Treat yourself whenever you accomplish something. It could be an extra cup of coffee, 2 hours of Youtube videos, a movie ticket, a small trip out of town, a class of your choice, a fancy breakfast. Whatever rocks your boat.

And that’s pretty much it!

Just 3 simple things to get myself to drink water, to achieve the impossible.

You can do it too.

Published by Tiffany

I’m fighting to rebuild my life by doing the things I never dreamed of doing. Now in Southeast Asia, writing my journey.

 

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