A people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; for those dwelling in a land of deep gloom, a light has shone.Isaiah 9:1
It’s a new year and I’ve been doing a lot of evaluation, assessment and planning for the coming year. I’ve decided to do monthly themes, and I’ve deemed January 2020’s theme is Light. Light has many aspects, including good vision to see where we need to make changes, lighting up a path for us to follow to make those changes enjoyable, as well as how Light fits into ways you can pray often, eat well and move more.
2020 Vision–Shedding Light on the Story
As a former eye nurse, I can’t help but think of 20/20 (perfect) vision in this year. How we can take a good, hard, but loving look at our lives & habits truthfully, and objectively. I always like to start with what is going well. All too often we beat ourselves up for what needs to be changed. Me, too! But, the coach approach (and what I do with my clients) is to ask, “What is the best thing that happened since we last talked?” Why? Because it put our brains in a solution-oriented mode. Yes, most people like to start the session out by digging into the ‘what went wrong. But as Zig Ziglar said:
“When you focus on problems, you get more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you have more opportunities.”Zig Ziglar
So why not be on the look out for solutions? Yes, we need to shed light on the roadblocks, the frustrations, acknowledge they are there. It’s the 1st step to overcoming the challenge. But wallowing in it won’t get us anywhere. Spending more time uncovering solutions lights up an easy, ‘I can’t wait to do this!’ path for my clients and empowers them with confidence to move forward. I love it when I can help someone illuminate a step by step approach for them to achieve better health and well-being. It alleviates stress, overwhelm and puts them at ease knowing they have a plan and someone in their corner who will help them enjoy the journey as they get there.
Getting it on the Paper–Journaling
One way you can do this at home is by writing down the issue on a sticky note. Then on a separate sheet of paper (bigger than the sticky note), list all the possible solutions. Yes, I’m talking about brainstorming! Don’t censor yourself, just write. You can cross out later. Some of those ideas that you may want to discount can be seeds for the perfect solution to this issue or another one later on. Just get them out of your head so you can see them on the paper. Visualizing the abundance of possible solutions on the paper can really shed some light on a new path you may want to take. As can journaling about any resistance that may come up.
I’ve been doing a lot of this lately and I will be making some changes. For my own personal habits (praying often, eating well and moving more) as well as my business and coaching practice. I feel like God has illuminated some new paths for me and lit a fire under me to get going on them! I’m not exactly sure of every step I’m going to take. I do know however, that I will keep working with my own coach as well as evaluating, assessing and following the light. What lights me up? What am I excited about doing next? What is God calling me to do next? Stay tuned to find out more! (Hint: Much of it involves sharing more of what I’ve learned &experienced over 46+ years.)
How are you lighting up a path to better health in 2020?
Are you struggling to with your health? Finding it hard to keep those New Year’s resolutions? Are you ready to invest in yourself, your health, your productivity and make positive changes that will have a positive affect on your quality of life for years to come? Wish you had someone who will work with you and your unique situation instead of just telling you what to do? I have a few open coaching spots. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time for a free 30 minute call to learn more. I’d love to help you light up a path to better health and wellness so you can be who you want to be, do what you want to do and enjoy your journey!