If you’re like most people, getting healthier is at the top of your mind. But thinking about it and actually making it happen are two different things. Today I offer some steps to get you started down a path of making progress toward a healthier you. These are steps I take each of my clients through to help them build a solid foundation for a healthier lifestyle. Coaching tip: It’s not enough to simply be motivated! Change is more likely to happen when you approach it deliberately.
- Identify what would be possible with good health. In other words, what do you want your health for? When you find the answer to this question, you’ll have found your TRUE reason for working toward a healthier lifestyle.
- Create a clear goal that feels challenging but not impossible. It’s important to stretch yourself, but it’s not worth your time to set goals you know you won’t have desire, energy or capacity for. Create a goal that will push you beyond your comfort zone but isn’t too much for you to handle. Confidence is important! Check out this article on goal setting from BeWell@Stanford.
- Remember that accountability is key. In other areas of our life – like at work – accountability is a given. We check in with our bosses to make sure we’re on track with projects, and we use systems like checklists and project plans to track our progress. An accountability system is important for our health and wellness too! As you work to change, ask yourself, “who can I check in with?” or “how can I keep track of my accomplishments?”
Want to learn more about my health coaching process and how it can help you improve your health? Contact me to schedule an introductory call (there’s no charge!).