A look behind the curtain
Over the next few months I’m going to take you behind the curtain, so the speak, and give you a glimpse of a few things I have found, through my training and experience as a certified health coach, to be most effective in helping people make real progress in their lives.
Last week I encouraged you to spend a few minutes envisioning yourself in a healthy state.
The reason for doing so is because this simple exercise has a way of activating powerful motivators which help us stay on the healthy path to which we strive.
In coaching sessions, the visioning process is truly foundational to all the work which follows, and serves as a catalyst for sustained behavioral change.
When our vision for personal health is clear and compelling – when we can feel ourselves fully energized and engaged in healthy behaviors – we get a nice taste of how good life can be.
As I do with all my clients, I encourage you to take a few moments each day, ideally first thing in the morning, to reaffirm your vision for the most robust life you can imagine. And be prepared for the sparks which follow.
Most people, by the end of the first coaching session, are eager to start taking tangible steps on their journey toward optimal health. So, we usually finish our session by establishing a couple of SMART goals.
As our greatest successes usually follow goals we have created ‘smartly’, it’s worth reviewing the elements of this handy acronym.
S stands for specific (the more specific the better). Fuzzy goals tend to result in vague outcomes.
M stands for measurable. If we don’t define our goal in measurable terms it will be difficult to know if we have succeeded.
A is for action-based. While it is possible to have a goal which involves changing your thinking, better to think in terms of a goal which is behavioral.
R is for realistic. No explanation needed here, I hope.
T is for time-lined. It has a beginning and an end which can be defined.
If you’re looking for something which is truly smart, I strongly suggest you sign up for our To the Moon in June flight which departs June 1st. This year’s 28-day health challenge is designed for anyone interested in improving their health and having some fun along the way.
The challenge meets all the qualifiers for a SMART goal and provides you with multiple opportunities each day to follow through on healthy activities guaranteed to boost your vitality and move you in the direction of your vision.
Using a simple web-based platform at The Daily Endorphin, you get to earn points for engaging in healthy behaviors which have been shown to enhance our health (both physical and mental) in the fullest sense of the term. And you have three categories in which to earn points: physical activity, nutrition, and lifestyle.
As an added bonus, you can invite family, friends and co-workers to join you in the fun.
Best of all, there’s no fee for participating. Consider it my thanks to you for being a loyal reader.
Here’s the link to sign up for the challenge: https://www.dailyendorphin.com/de/signup/join/group/4686/e80920
If you’ve never done one of my challenges, you’ll be asked to create an account and provide an email address and a password of your choice.
After signing up, take a few minutes to play around with the dashboard and see how many ways there are to earn points.
And start preparing for an exciting ride this June!
See you on the launch pad next week!
I am going to be doing a couple races and training camps in June, so I won’t be doing the Daily Endorphin challenge this year, but I have done them in the past with Barry’s excellent coaching, and I would definitely encourage anyone thinking about “To the Moon in June” to jump in!