TLR Coaching Monthly Newsletter
Well now that Christmas has come and gone, the New Year is here, what’s next? For some is about making a new year’s resolution. We’re going to loose that weight, start exercising, or even go to church more. We mean well. Why not start the year off with a Lifestyle Resolution! I’m all about making changes that represent who we really are and where we want to be. Not something that is done in January because everyone else is doing it. The “TLR” in my company’s name means “The Lifestyle Resolution”. So, as we think about making that New Year’s resolution, let’s start making the changes that will impact our total and complete lifestyle.
MAKING YOUR HEALTHY LIFESTYLE RESOLUTION A REALITY
Adapted from, JANUARY 26, 2015, North Penn YMCA
The new year is here, most of us will make New Year’s resolutions with very good intentions to lose weight, stop smoking, get fit or perhaps eat better. Despite our good intentions, many of us will let our resolution fall by the wayside. For most, New Year’s resolutions dwindle within 4 weeks. Why? Well, it is often because we do not have a clear plan of action and accountability that motivates or inspires us to keep moving forward.
To help achieve your resolution, begin to think about it as short or long term goals instead of a resolution. Start by keeping a journal and writing down what you want to achieve in the next month, 3 months, and 6 months. Make sure your goals are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.
Then, make a plan. Having a specific list of actions to propel you forward and help get you over any hurdles you may encounter, like a smorgasbord of unhealthy food or bad weather that keeps you from getting to the gym, can make all the difference in keeping you on track.
Next, hold yourself accountable. Your SMART goals and plan of action need to be backed up by accountability. Know the consequences for straying from your plan…and reward yourself for meeting specific milestones.
Finally, get support. Having a trusted wellness professional by your side, or a network of friends, co-workers and others with similar goals, can be an invaluable tool to help you meet your goals. They will help you follow through with your plan, hold you accountable, support you in your struggles, and celebrate your successes!
As we begin this new journey of lifestyle resolutions here are some encouraging quotes.
“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” ~ Gail Sheehy
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” ~ Frederick Douglass
Additional resources can be found here, How to Keep your Lifestyle Resolution
And here, Making it Stick
As your coach I have two questions to ask:
- What might you need to let go of in order to move past this lifestyle resolution?
- And if you let go of this, what new beginning, or new thing, might be waiting for you?
May you have the best year possible!
Your Life Coach
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