I love this time of year because it’s an opportunity to renew some commitments, revisit old goals and set some new ones. It can also be a time for deep reflection and soul searching.
I encourage you to take this opportunity to set some of your own goals for 2015 that will create healthy change and greater purpose.
Make this the year you commit to improving your health. Once you experience how amazing it is to feel healthy, you’ll never turn back.
Be wary of the New Year’s resolution pitfall: More than 75% of people keep a new goal going for ONLY the first week, then slip back into old behavior patterns.
Most people have never been taught how to set effective goals. Those are the people who end up being one of the 75% we just talked about.
Change isn’t easy. If it was, we wouldn’t have unhealthy habits in the first place.
To support you, I want to share with you some of the steps I use, as a certified health and wellness coach, to help clients move towards their visions and create permanent change.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO CHANGE? Do you want to replace a bad habit with a healthy one? Do you want to learn a new skill, or improve interpersonal skills?
Whether you want to lose weight, quit smoking, improve relationships or start an exercise program, these same steps apply.
DEFINE THE NEW YOU
Get crystal clear about what you want (not what you don’t want) in the next twelve months and how you’re going to get there.
Here are some questions to help you get started.
Take the time now, or put aside time in your calendar to write or make a visual representation of your vision.
To see my 2015 Vision Board, go here. I built my 2015 Vision around 3 theme words – Clarity, Confidence and Community.
Go here to read more about how to create your vision statement
Success Tip: Post your Vision in a visible place to remind yourself every day what you intend to do. If you make a vision board, use it as your screen saver, or place it on your bathroom mirror, or refrigerator as a reminder of where you are headed.
FIND YOUR WHY
Behind every goal, there is always a much deeper purpose. Take the time to connect with your Why and you will find the motivation you need to push forward on your intended path, even when the road gets tough.
The answer may not be apparent right away, but it will come, perhaps as you’re driving in the car, in the shower, or on a run.
You may be surprised that the answer evolves with every time you ask the question. Eventually, you will peel away the layers and discover the core.
When you dig deep enough, you find the SOUL BEHIND THE GOAL.
What will you commit to in 2015?
DEDICATE 90 DAYS
3 MONTH GOALS
Research from the University of Rhode Island suggests that we are just as likely to be successful with two changes at once, especially if they are related. So if your goal is weight loss, you might pick eat healthier and exercise regularly as two related goals.
Some examples of 3 month goals:
PICK FIRST WEEK GOALS AND MAKE THEM SMART
EXAMPLE: I will walk 10 minutes on the treadmill during lunch hour on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Success Tip: Once you’ve written your goal, ask yourself “on a scale of 1 to 10 how confident am I of success this coming week?”
If you answer less than 7 re-write your goal until you know you can be at least 70% confident of your success.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
Remember to write goals that you can be at least 70% confident in achieving. Review your goals at the end of the week and assess how successful you were. You’ll know a goal was well written when you have at least 70% behavior success. If not, go back to the drawing board and re-write your goal.
Consistency is key. Every journey begins with a single step.
Success Tip: The power of accountability is huge. Share your plan with someone, join a group, or partner with a friend who has similar goals.
The majority of today’s diseases originate in poor health choices. There’s nothing more important to your health than doing this work. Working with a certified health, fitness and wellness coach will significantly increase your success. I WOULD LOVE TO HELP YOU MAKE THIS YOUR MOST AMAZING YEAR YET!! Contact me here and wel’ll get started.
What will you commit to in 2015? Let me know in the comment section below. I’m going to pick a winner and that person will win ONE hour of personal training or nutrition coaching to kick start their year.
Have an amazing year and I wish you much success in 2015