2. Strategy. Changing your ways is not just a matter of finding and using willpower; it is about designing an environment of success.
This process can be as simple or complex as it needs to be. A straightforward action plan might be cleaning out the fridge, dusting off that diet book that worked so well years ago or joining the gym next door.
Other, more subtle strategies might include setting and maintaining healthy boundaries, using positive affirmations, time management skills, appropriate goal-setting, problem solving techniques, basic nutrition education, mindset, revisiting outdated belief patterns and trying new things we may never have thought of trying before (a cooking class, salsa dance group, asking to borrow a neighbor’s bike, etc.).
Strategy is taking what has evolved from the "discovery" session and taking the next step forward. Your strategy can include four to five goals at a time, such as getting to bed on time, bringing a bottle of water to work each day, buying a new pair of sneakers and changing to low fat options when grocery shopping. Strategy is the place to be creative, not restrictive.
3. Implementation. Implementation is not about right or wrong, it is about putting your strategies to the test, observing the results and improving over time.
Expect and plan for pitfalls and challenges. The founder of the most important wellness coach training school in the U.S. admitted, in front of hundreds of workshop participants, at a Harvard Medical School event, that it took her 10 years to find just the right meditation style for her character and needs!
Goals are there to be reviewed, improved or rewritten entirely. Starting a yoga class and hating it may just lead you to something better for your needs. Implementation is the most misunderstood and overlooked part of embarking on something new. If things don't work out, simply revisit and revise the discovery and strategy steps; rinse and repeat. You'll be on your way to a better life, becoming a better person in the process.
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