In recent years I started the practice of choosing one word to focus on for the New Year. Last year, I chose the word “release.” I was drawn to the calling to release my plans and let God have His way with my life and my goals. In return, I received so much more than I released.
This year, my focus shifts to a new plan. And one word keeps coming to the forefront of my mind.
Many changes are on the horizon for my family this year, including the release of my first book in September. It’s hard for me to imagine how this book will change my life, but I know it will.
I’m also drawn to the word “change” because I’m feeling led to change some of the ways I take care of myself. As a wellness coach, I spend a lot of time pouring into others, helping them discover their unique brand of health. But sometimes in the midst of helping others, I forget to pour into myself.
I’m sensing this year needs to change that. While I will continue to coach and teach, I plan to carve out time to take better care of me too.
Which leads me to you…
What changes do you need to make this year? How do you want to live differently, more intentionally? Maybe you’re eager to start with a new plan, or maybe you’re scared silly.
Either way, remember this: Change doesn’t happen by accident. It doesn’t happen by thinking about change or talking about change or wishing things would change.
It happens by planning and acting.
That habit that has led you to dread the scale…or feel chained to the pantry…or fear the gym…or struggle to find energy for anything…
It CAN be changed.
One choice at a time.
One action at a time.
So what do you want to change this year? What’s weighing on your mind and spirit and won’t let go?
Whatever it is, don’t just sit there powerless and weak. Flex your mental and spiritual muscles and say, “I’ve got this.”
Envision a plan and get moving.
You’ll be glad you did.
ONE SIMPLE STEP: Take a few minutes to think through your current daily routine. What time of day do you find yourself most wishing things were different? (For example, too tired to get out of bed in the morning, stepping on the scale, etc.) Back up in time to find the choices that led to your moment of frustration. Now hone in on one choice you can intentionally change this week.
ONE STEP FURTHER: Map out a plan to follow through on your step of change. Write it down and share it with a friend. Re-evaluate in a week. If it isn’t working, don’t throw your hands in the air and give up. Adjust accordingly and keep moving forward.
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