Happy New Year! Well as the new year rolls around people inevitably think of what they would like achieve in the year ahead. New years resolution can relate to career, finances and relationships but some of the most common ones relate to health such as losing weight, getting fit, addressing chronic health problems or even just having a healthier lifestlye. It’s one thing to formulate new years resolutions, another to actually take concrete steps towards achieving them. So what do you what to achieve this year and what are the keys to getting what you want?
1. Start small: where many people fail with new years resolutions is that they set themselves massive goals. These goals can often seem overwhelming especially when you have an unusual week such as a stressful time at work or go on a holiday. It’s easy to become disheartened when things don’t go your way. Perhaps see yourself losing 5kg at first instead of the twenty you would ultimately like to lose. You will feel encouraged to lose more when you succeed.
2. Dare to dream big: This way seem like a direct contradiction to point one but really depends on your time and organisational skills. It’s fine to have large goals but you really need to pull it apart into smaller objectives and then those objectives into strategies. These strategies should detail exactly how you are going to achieve your objectives, who is going to help you and with a realistic timeframe. Write it all down in a plan and keep it in a place where you can refer to it and edit it daily.
3. Think holistically: The more ways you can think about achieving your goal the more help you can gain from professionals. I often hear the phrase “I can eat what I want becasue I’m exercising” This is a clear indication that your mind will continue to sabotage you and the ultimate achievement of your goal. The body, mind and spirit requires nourishment in order to bring your body into a complete state of balance and wellbeing. You may not only need to join a gym but consult a nutritionist, osteopath, herbalist, massage therapist and/or even a life coach to help you reach your goals.
4. Visualise: Ever hear the phrase “You create your own reality”. Before you get out of bed each morning visualise not only your new body but how you will feel in that new body. Feelings are a direct result of the thoughts that are constantly replaying in your mind. The key is to eventually reprogram the mind to automatically play positive messages.
5. Consider consulting a life coach.
Coaching is a structured partnership that focuses on identifying success then developing strategies to achieve that success. A successful coach helps build capability in the client.
Coaching provides the best parts of a friend (belief in you and a desire for what is best for you), confidant (objective listener and trust/confidentiality), and mentor (suggestions and strategies). A coach is not there to “fix you” but to help you be all you can be. It is about helping you to remove the obstacles that are holding you back e.g. old habits and unhelpful thinking and become much more proactive in “making it happen”.
A coach is not:
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The benefits of coaching are many and include a renewed sense of happiness, effectiveness, confidence and energy. It can help you achieve a better life balance, move from managing to thriving, form new habits and broaden your persepective. It is a partnership that holds you accountable to your goals but also celebrates your successes.
This information was provided by Tim Mackney at Active Success. Please consider him if you would like to experience the benefits of coaching for yourself. Click here to find out more.