The New Year is here! What does that mean for you and your health? Are you one of the many planning to make resolutions and health goals for the New Year? Let’s talk about that. Change can be difficult to accomplish. To set the stage, we need a game plan! Like sports teams that have a goal to win championships, making health changes can be similar. We have an “opponent” – the behavior we want to change. We have “practice” – the other times we’ve made changes. We may even have a “scouting report” on our opponent – what has worked or not worked when making changes in the past. If we have that information, we can make a game plan!
Our plan doesn’t have to be as in-depth as a game plan for a football team playing in the Super Bowl but we still need to have a plan. The plan will help to provide guidelines of how to make changes. The plan needs to include action steps that follow the SMART system…Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely action steps. Write your plan down and have it available to refer back to. When we attempt change, we are bound to run into barriers and setbacks. Having a plan helps you be prepared to face barriers and find ways over, under, around or through them. Your health game plan needs to include contingency plans to help you use barriers as a springboard to greater things. We can’t plan for all barriers but we can be prepared. Hold yourself accountable to making changes but don’t allow yourself to be held hostage by them. If you run into a barrier, adjust your plan to get you back on track. Don’t let that barrier be an excuse to stop! What may also help you drive through a barrier is working with a coach. A health coach can provide you with accountability, guidance, motivation, celebration and cheer leading. A coach can also refer you to the professional services you may need to keep you moving forward. They can help you identify different action steps or take a new perspective on a problem that may help you find a new approach. Remember, you hold the keys to better health!
Warm wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year!
It’s Your Health. It’s Your Life. Make That Change!