Ever find yourself spending way too long scrolling social media, archiving those fitness and nutrition plans posted by your IG fave, promising yourself that you’re going to start on Monday? Only for Monday to come and go you’re still there scrolling and nothing has changed?
Here’s why: Personal Wellness Plans are just that, personal. Wellness is not a Poncho, one size does not fit all. Setting your sights on goals and intentions that belong to someone else is a recipe for disaster.
Here’s the secret: You, are your own best expert. If you’re finally ready to achieve real, sustainable results in your personal wellness, it’s time to get clear. You need a plan. And one tailored just for you – not something you screenshot and archived from the ‘influencer’ with 3 million followers.
Merriam-Webster defines wellness as: The quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal. Taken a step further, Margaret Moore, founder of Wellcoaches Corporation, the first school of Coaching for health professionals and a global standard setter for professional health and wellness coaches, says that “cultivating a thriving mind is necessary to attain a healthy body” and she emphasizes a “whole-life focus.” This multi-dimensional approach to wellbeing takes into consideration your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health all in alignment with a purpose that is unique to you.
That’s the trick: The only definition of wellbeing and thriving that really matters is yours. Below are some tips on how to get started creating a plan for wellness that works for you.
Get Clear on your WHY.
One of my favorite coaching questions is ‘Why is this important to you?’ And the follow up to that is usually, ‘and why else?’ Getting to the bare truth about what drives you and sets you in thriving-mode is the foundation of any successful wellness plan.
Craft the vision. Every great production (your life included) starts with a clearly defined vision, a mission statement, or a story.
Here’s a fun exercise to get clear quickly. Picture it: exactly one year from now, you’ve experienced an exponential change in all areas of your life. Life is AWESOME. You are thriving. What do you see? How do you feel? How are you physically different? How are your relationships different? What does your daily routine look like?
Now, write it down. Get fancy with it too. Describe what your life looks like in all the thorough and vivid detail you can manage.
The cornerstone to high achievement and higher personal performance is setting goals, building personal routines, creating new habits and sticking to it. All of it.
Take a moment now and notice the very real changes your future self has experienced in your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. What are the steps you need to take in order to get there? Work your vision backward and notice goals begin to emerge. Keep in mind that progress and change take time and consistency. As you take your timeline forward, set three-month goals, followed by two or three weekly action steps that will serve to support those goals.
Keep in mind that a SMART GOAL is one that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound.
Here’s a quick example: If a component of your ‘year-from-now-future-self’ vision is that you are ‘strong and fit’, one of your 3-month goals might be that you will experiment with at least 3 different physical fitness activities to see what you enjoy. Then your action step or goal for this coming week might be that you will register for and take a one-hour yoga class at your local gym.
Now write them down. I repeat, write them down.
Studies show when you write down specific goals, you are 42% more likely to accomplish your goal than someone who has an unwritten or no specific goal at all.
Keep Track & Chart the Course
Habits form through repetition – keep your vision where you can see it. Regularly revisit your goals and your action steps and make adjustments or revisions where you see fit. Remember, you are your own best expert.
I invite you to start today.
Liani Greaves is a Wellcoaches® Certified Personal Coach and owner of The Storms Retreat. She works with creatives and leaders to help them step into their power and fuel high performance. Learn more at www.livewellstartingnow.com