When we think of bad health habits, do we assume it’s intentional… poor diet, lack of exercise, the list is extensive but in general, not looking after ourselves. However many things can contribute to why and how we develop these habits and are often more psychologically deep rooted than we ourselves first realise and may require some professional support.
Certain habits can be simply poor time planning and quicker to resolve, such as not drinking enough water, not getting enough exercise-sedentary or skipping breakfast …these can all be dealt with through setting a Goal with an Action Plan, but you must really want to do this for yourself.
The act of putting pen to paper (or electronically) and seeing a goal in all its glory can be cathartic and visualisation is powerful! When we see our goal written or drawn (whatever works for you) it becomes REAL and no longer a dream…move forward and conquer. You will love yourself for it 🙂
As a professional Coach and Mentor I often hear clients say they haven’t got enough time to achieve being healthy or improve Wellbeing , so we develop a strategy for making that time… And that’s an action plan!
We all lead busy lives whether that’s due to work or family commitments or just not good at managing personal time. So here are a few tips to ensure you set an action plan that you can stick to and find the time to achieve it.
- Know all about your goal, get to know it as your buddy. How to achieve it, where to get advice, support, gather together the information for your plan of action … knowledge is strength!
- Always be totally honest with yourself that this goal is owned by you and not what someone else wants or expects of you. You should feel passionate and 100% committed to ensure you retain resilience and confidence on what could be a long journey of self-development, but Oh so worth the mileage!
- Set the goal into an action plan with times and dates of when you will follow it through, such as exercise –Monday 22nd Jan 2018 , 9 a.m. walk 2 mile circuit from home. Wednesday 24th Jan 2018 11 a.m. cycling club 10 mile circuit from club etc. The success is in the detail!
- Make sure everyone in your life equation knows that you have your action plan and when it is happening i.e. time/dates…this reduces distractions, barriers and blockers. Be strong, this goal is for you!
- Talk to those around you that form part of your support and trusted network i.e. close family members, friends, good neighbours. They may not realise that you have your goal and action plan but will support you if you need it.
- For when that moment of doubt seeps in to railroad you and drag you off track…learn to say NO to yourself and others who want to lead you astray…remember , be honest with yourself and stick to the action plan, the reward will be in its success!
- If time is a real issue or barrier for success , look at how your time is currently spent and if it’s used wisely. Where could you gain some back? Research shows that our phones/tablets and social media are time suckers. Learn to switch off for at least a couple of hours morning and at night and get your personal time back for you.
- …and finally if all else fails get up an hour earlier on the days you wish to do your action plan, but focus only on your goal…you will be surprised with what you can achieve.
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As a Coach and Mentor, I’m encouraged when clients say they have New Year resolutions, as they are simply a means of setting strategies, action plans, goals for life…whatever you want to call it, its good news! However the down fall of a New Year resolutions and why they often never run to fruition is a lack of planning put in place to motivate and keep the goal ‘alive’, whilst retaining wellbeing-mind ,body and soul…and of course its only once a year 🙂
I often hear about the usual resolutions regarding diets, improving fitness, or making more money, but what about our wellbeing!! It’s something that most people take for granted until it becomes an issue either physically or mentally. We live in a fast moving world and are expected to keep up, adding to the pressures of very little down time or a feeling of guilt to have time-out.
So here are a few tips to ensure that ‘me’ time becomes part of your strategy for life, to keep you strong, resilient and happier…isn’t that what life should be about?!
- What do you like to do that makes you happy? It could be listening to your favourite music, going for a walk, reading a book. It doesn’t matter what it is, just plan the time out every week or as often as you can, even if it means getting up an hour earlier- Lock that time in for you and allow yourself some self-indulgent ‘happy’ time.
- Make sure everyone in your life equation knows that you have locked- in time for you and when it is happening i.e. time/dates…no phones calls/texts, distractions, no emails, social visits etc. Be strong, this time is for you…AND DON’T FEEL GUILTY!
- Talk to those around you that form part of your support and trusted network i.e. close family members, friends, good neighbours. They may not realise that you need time out if you’re always running at 100 miles an hour with a smile. You may be the one helping them out…let them return the favour if possible.
- Learn to say NO. It is often the hardest thing to do for most people. Whether its at work, home, family, friends…we struggle to say NO even if it’s not realistic for us. If it’s not realistic or something that will add to your time pressure: take a moment before answering-think before you speak ,or say you will think about it to allow yourself to truly look at your calendar. If you know it’s not realist just say it’s not possible this time…be honest with yourself.
Remember, allowing yourself more ‘me’ time to improve wellbeing, happiness and possibly more energy to take on daily challenges ,will be a win, win for everyone around you. So what are you waiting for ,start planning your life!
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As a Coach and Mentor , I hear success described and measured in many ways, often its assumed we gravitate only towards extrinsic rewards such as financial to be our benchmark for success and whilst that can be OK, its short lived if the ‘internal emotions’ are not in sync. Our inner desires, motivators, drivers for personal satisfaction are the leaders to making success happen and that overwhelming emotion of personal accomplishment, achieved from hard slog can’t be bought.
Success for me is all about being totally honest with myself and achieving the goals that really mean something for me, in my world…and these take me to ‘a place’ of fulfilment and happiness. I’m also lucky that I do a job that offers that same thrill of accomplishment when one of my clients get that’s amazing lightbulb moment or realises their goal through my support… truly fulfilling!
Two key tips for success in 2018
- Always be totally honest with yourself that this goal is owned by you and not what someone else wants or expects of you. You should feel passionate and 100% committed to ensure you retain resilience and confidence on what could be a long journey of self-development, but Oh, so worth the mileage!
- Success can be all consuming. Remember why you are driving yourself so hard and be aware of your Wellbeing. No success is worth the price of your mental and physical health. Sometimes the smallest achievement can give the greatest satisfactions , so don’t always think big is best!