by Guest Blogger: Timothy R. Cline, PhD, MCC
• Motivation – think about the activities and people that are most important to you, and consider how your healthy change aligns with your priorities – now and for the future.
• Commitment – Write a statement to formalize your commitment to the goal. State why your goal is important to you and when you will start working on it. List the key parts of your game plan. Post your commitment statement where you, and others who support you, will see it often.
• Believe in yourself – know that set backs are normal. It’s how you handle them that makes the difference. When things don’t go as planned, don’t throw in the towel. Instead, step back and think of past accomplishments and the challenges you have overcome. Reflect on the personal attributes you have and the skills you used to succeed. Then think of how you can apply those attributes and skills to your current situation. Adopt an “I can do it” attitude.
• Reach out to others – even the best Olympic and professional athletes need some kind of ongoing support. Whether it’s a friend to cheer you on or a skilled helper, such as a health coach, to help you learn a new skill or untangle a snafu, ask for the help you need. Why struggle on your own when help is around the corner?
For more on this topic, listen to my podcast about the 2 Reasons Why People Struggle with Quitting Smoking:
Creating a healthier lifestyle that can be observed on the outside starts with a foundation built on the inside. What are some of your strategies for success?