As we kick 2015 into full throttle, many of us are making new years resolutions & talking about what we want to do different this year. The NEW year is a great time for change, a great time for rebirth, and a great time to get into a new groove. Many people, including myself get amped up in the resolution-making and end up with goals that are too lofty to achieve. Knowing that everything is a process and that small victories lead to large goals, I invite you behind the scenes to see how I do what I do and why it works.
Throughout my life I've always thought I had a good handle on exactly what I needed to do to be healthy & happy. Most of us do. Even though I was comfortable and complacent being out of shape, eating nutrient-stripped food & thinking in the box, I daydreamed of my healthier, happier self. It seemed inconceivable to to go from where I was to where I wanted to be.
It took me a long time to realize that major change doesn't happen overnight & that it's completely acceptable to ask for and receive help on that journey. There are some, but not many that are able to do it alone. Now that I am a health coach, I have a game plan for myself and my clients to set and achieve their goals. These steps have helped people get more sleep, make time to workout daily, start a meditation practice, lose weight, eat to live, quit addicting foods & more.
Here are the 5 No-Fail Steps to Setting & Achieving Your Health & Wellness Goals
Step 1: Self Compassion
-treat yourself with love
-be aware of the guilt & shame. acknowledge it.
Step 2: Goal Making
-identify 3-4 main areas that need attention in your life
ex. physical activity, eating habits, personal time, stress level, sleep)
Step 3: Create Action Steps
-for each goal have a starting point
-create a safe, achievable, doable step to work towards achieving your goal
(ex. eat 1 more serving of veggies a day, go to bed 10 minutes earlier 3x a week, enjoyable exercise 2x a week no time limit)
-give yourself 1-3 weeks to achieve the action step before moving on.
-If it's unsafe or too lofty, use Step: 1 to tone it down. If it was easily achievable, amp it up!
Step 4: Accountability
-Some people are so competitive they are competitive with themselves
-Others including myself, need support & accountability
-Who is your support system: partner, family member, friend, health coach
Step 5: Measure Success in New Ways
-How we look at things changes the perspective
-There may be busy weeks where we don't accomplish our steps, but were still able to make better, more mindful choices by just being present. THAT'S SUCCESS TOO!
ex: when I was traveling, instead of ordering a caramel frappacino, I enjoyed a black coffee.
Be the change you seek.
Ask for help when you need it.
Own you joy!
Stephanie Selvaggio is a Detroit-based Integrative Nutrition Health Coach & yoga teacher specializing in one-on-one and group coaching, soul yoga, wellness workshops, cooking classes & transformative retreats. If you don't live in Detroit, don't worry. By the miracle of the internet many of these offerings are available through Skype, Facetime & Google + Hangout.