In this week’s video, I want to reassure you that if your year hasn’t started off as well as you expected in terms of Body Love, don’t worry, you’ve still got heaps of time to get where you want to go…
Let me use the evolution of my business as an example…
In 2012 I was sick, tired, stressed, sad and lonely. Basically, I was in pain. (And BTW, it’s from this place that most people decide to make big changes).
Luckily I came across some outdoor boxing classes and they helped me feel fit, strong, healthy and HAPPY. Just what I was looking for.
Within a few classes I had decided to become a personal trainer and by the end of that year I had left Sydney and moved to Albany, WA.
In 2013 I studied for my health coach certification, in 2014 I got my personal training qualification, in 2015 I studied yoga and in 2016 I added Reiki to my repertoire.
And, finally, in 2017 I morphed into being The Body Love Coach, empowering women all over the world to love & take care of their bodies as they are right now.
Can you imagine if I’d tried to do all of that in one year? I’d be a blithering mess and probably working at a supermarket somewhere…
Yet, so many women put this much pressure on themselves. They try to reverse years of negative thought patterns, too much or too little exercise and little-to-no self-care in just a few weeks (for example).
It’s just too much pressure!
So let me explain a few ways to make this a bit easier on body, mind & soul.
How to set goals that will actually stick…
When you decide you want to go after a new goal, try and break it down into chunks rather than going for the end result straight away. Here are some steps to help you do that.
- Decide how you want to feel – we all want to feel better right? So find goals that align with that feeling.
- Start by brainstorming all the things you could do to achieve that goal – if it’s fitness it could be signing up for a new class, getting a personal trainer, having a weekly action plan, getting a friend involved, signing up for a 5km in a few months’ time, buying some new gear, getting a check-up with your GP etc, etc.
- Choose one or two action items to start with right now – No MORE otherwise it gets overwhelming and defeats the purpose!
- Organise regular rewards for your efforts – humans seek pleasure and the early stages of change (even if it’s positive) can be uncomfortable so give yourself some pleasurable rewards.
- Write your goals down where you can see them to give you a gentle nudge to remember them and act on them.
- Consider getting support and accountability – I’ve had business coaches and health coaches, acupuncturists and mentors. Change is much easier with support.
And most of all, consider giving yourself a break – you don’t have to achieve everything right now. Part of the fun of making positive change is what you learn about yourself along the way.