Interested in reaching your goals for your life and health? Do you want to have more energy, feel better in your body, learn to reduce your stress and improve your relationships at home and work?
It’s easy to state an intention, wish for things to be different and even take actions like creating a vision board to inspire you, but if you want to really make sustainable changes you need to start with these specific steps.
#1 Put yourself first.
It may sound counter-intuitive but putting yourself first is THE first thing you need to do to make any big changes in your life. Putting yourself first means getting in touch and listening carefully to your inner voice. Developing a relationship with your self requires creating space in your life and this takes time. This often involves greater self-care by doing things such as soaking in a tub of Epsom salts infused with lavender, or having a cup of tea, taking a walk or listening to music early in the morning before anyone else gets up, Journaling or meditating are also two daily practices you can begin to nurture the relationship with your inner voice and put yourself first.
#2 Forgive yourself.
One of the keys to initiating sustainable changes is forgive yourself. It is through truly embracing and loving ourselves that we can take the next step towards a brighter future with confidence and clarity. When we are in the state of forgiveness we take better care of ourselves and more likely to surround ourselves with others who support and love us too. You need not forget what you are forgiving yourself for, but you will be less likely to repeat the action, thought or comment if you forgive yourself. Oh, and by the way, it only takes a moment to do so and no biggie if you need to do it multiple times throughout the day. Exercising the forgiveness muscle makes it easier to forgive others too...
#3 Change your mindset, change your life.
If you are blaming others for your situation or feeling victimized you need to change your mindset and get in touch with your inner powerhouse. When you move away from the language of victim and leave behind blame, you take responsibility for what you can do. This frees you up take action with less hesitation and achieve greater long lasting results.
Changes are not made in the future, they are made in the here and now. You may need to use the statement “for today” to free up your fears about an uncertain future, which often keeps us locked into a habit or pattern from the past. The choices you make today will make a difference for the direction of your future.
#4 Slow down and experience the present moment.
Another way of making big changes stick is giving yourself the gift of time. Slow down, take an additional breath before you respond or take action. For instance, I’ve often experienced the power of going the speed limit, not allowing myself to be pushed to drive faster because of someone behind me or racing beside me. Not rushing through my day makes me feel more powerful, less harried and out of control.
The present moment is really the only time we have! Our lives are often filled with thoughts about the past and worries about the future. By allowing yourself the gift or returning to the present moment, with practice, we make wiser decisions and enjoy the precious moments more deeply.
#5 Enlist the help of others.
We all know that in addition to the power of accountability, assistance from others can add greatly to the success of any goal we set. We are social beings and can learn so much from one another in the spirit of love and support.
I’ve designed a Group Program for those who want to take action on their goals, receive amazing support, and be a part of a community of like-minded people. You will have the chance to meet in monthly group sessions and be supported with recommendations, books, other supplemental materials. You can begin the Program at any time. Once a month we cover a different way to practice mindfulness with practical suggestions you can immediately implement.
Check out the Life-Changing Group Program schedule and more details by clicking on this link to learn more and to register.
Journaling since 1975, I love to write. Pen to paper is an invitation for my inner voice to show up.