We are now half way through 2015, and I have a question for you…
How are you doing with the resolutions/intentions that you set for your health back in January?
Are they a distant memory? Or are you creating progress with what you said you wanted?
For those of you who are succeeding with your “improved health” strategy, a massive congratulations to you!
For those of you who lost your way somewhere in the darkness of February, I want to say, “Be gentle on yourself. It is normal. So very normal.”
Change is difficult because…well… it requires change. Change is also difficult because it is so tempting to go wide rather than deep with our process (a concept I first heard described by Gary Vaynerchuck).
Bouncing from diet to diet, class to class, or program to program expecting long-lasting change without making any real commitment, is what going wide looks like. Doing the work to get you to where you really want to go, despite how you feel about the work, is what going deep looks like.
DEEP change requires that you are clear on where you are headed, how you are going to get there and, above all, CONSISTENT with taking action on the plan you commit to. To be honest, anything will probably work if you do.
It’s not too late. You can still end 2015 in better health than you are in right now, if it is important to you and if you choose depth over width.
Here are the things going deep will require:
Clarity is the mother of discipline. When your why is so big that you have a powerful emotional connection to it, you will move mountains to make your want a reality.
As a fitness trainer and a health coach, my hope for each and every one of my clients is that they stay conscious of the fact that their physical being is the VESSEL through which their gifts will be distributed, their biggest contributions will be made and a beautiful life will be lived.
When we acknowledge our health as the platform from which our most meaningful life’s work will launch, it becomes so much easier and necessary to do the work required to reclaim it, reinforce it and fiercely protect it.
What are you here to cause, create, contribute, or inspire?
Use those answers to propel you deeper into your health journey.
Often I coach women who are struggling to reach their goals because they are consistently hanging out with people who are sabotaging their efforts to change; people who are encouraging them to skip the gym, have the drink, and eat the crappy food.
Where are the friends who will help you stay true to your goals and cheer for your success? Find them, declare your goals to them, and stay accountable to them.
Don’t expect support from everyone. After all, up-leveling yourself can make other people uncomfortable, because if you can do it…that means they could too.
People who fail with their health goals often make a habit out of compromising the actions necessary to get them to where they said they wanted to go. There always seems to be a reason why they can’t work out, eat the right foods, get enough sleep, drink enough water etc.
To go deep with your health, you will need to get more consistent with action taking and find the resolve to stop compromising those habits.
Be willing to give yourself time to acclimate to new depths, learn to let go of perfection, be open to getting uncomfortable and find creative solutions to challenging situations…because on any journey worth taking there will most certainly, be challenges.