Thursday, February 23, 2012

Feeling stuck... Tired of trying?

Feeling stuck...
tired of trying?

Maybe it's time for a little creativity...

Have you been telling yourself to get to the gym or that you need to get out and walk regularly? Is your self talk telling you to stop the endless snacking, to get more sleep, or to get your endless worrying under control? Whatever your challenge, how can you get started and then keep moving?
Remember, as a child, spinning yourself around until you were dizzy? You would fall down and suddenly you would see the world from a whole new place.
Take a minute to spin right now. Literally spin if you are feeling playful, or do it figuratively if you're not sure you want to chance falling. Look at your problem/challenge from a different perspective. What's come into view with this new perspective? Maybe it's asking yourself rather than telling yourself what to do. "What will I do today to bring more movement into my life?”, rather than I need to, or I should exercise more. "What will I eat that is good for my health today?, instead of I will not snack after supper.

New perspectives can be like clues on a map that help lead to the treasure we are searching for. One perspective may lead you right to where you want to be or you may need to find other perspectives. The possibilities are endless and there are multiple right answers. Be persistent. There is an answer that is right for you. Opening ourselves to new ways of thinking about our challenges and doing things in a new way creates energy and it can be fun!

This journey to wellness is like starting off on a long hike. It requires taking one step at a time. Every step, no matter how small, moves us forward. Take the time to enjoy the views along the way. They may help you uncover even more possibilities. Look forward so that you see where it is you want to go. Look back to see how far you have come. Look sideways and see what’s here with you right now. Look down to see what’s supporting you. Use your wide angle lens to see the big picture.

Embrace the journey. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Wishing you a Happy, Healthy 2012

Finding the GLUE …

Have you ever watched competitive gymnasts? The body awareness of young athletes as they fly over the bars, balance on the beam or propel themselves over the pummel horse is truly amazing. I love watching it all, right to the final movement of both feet solidly landing and sticking to the mat as their body rises up like a big bold exclamation point! It’s the moment that makes all their hard work, all the time it took worthwhile.
With the old year ending and the new one beginning have you thought of what you might do that will have you feeling stronger, healthier, more energized in 2012? Or are you thinking, why try I never stick to the plan anyway? What if this time you could find the glue to STICK to those new healthy behaviors? Maybe there is a lesson to be learned from those young gymnasts who stick those feet to the mat. Maybe this is the year you will find your way to stick to your resolutions.
STEP 1- A little self-reflection…
Take a sheet of paper and fold it into two columns. In the left column, list the four or five things that you value most in life. In the right column, list things you may be doing (or not doing) that do not align with those values. For example, one of your values may be maintaining your health. In the second column you might find yourself listing things like eating too many sweets or never exercising. Reflect on what you have written… What’s been the outcome of not matching your actions to your values? How might you have kept your actions more in line with your values? What would be different today? How would you be feeling?
STEP 2 –Finding the glue…
Choose a behavior you want to begin changing. Mull over how it is connected to what matters most to you. Talk it over with someone you trust. Ask yourself, “Am I choosing to work on this change because it really matters to me?” Or am I thinking, ”I should do this, or everyone is telling me I need to do this”? Any type of motivation will get you started but motivation that comes from should’s and have to’s will dry up quickly. You’ll find yourself at the starting gate again. Choose to make changes that are in line with your deepest held values, things YOU want to do. Connect the dots between your actions and what’s really important to you and you will have provided yourself the super glue to really succeed this year.
Keep your attention on what really matters as you do the hard work of changing behaviors. Change IS hard work but if making a change really matters to you, you’ll find yourself determined and resilient when challenges arise, you’ll look for and find the support you need and YOU WILL SUCCEED. .