Can Gratitude Really Change Your Life???

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Gratitude, or the concept of living your life with gratitude, is not new.  The idea of maintaining the mindset of being grateful for what you have has been around for, well, forever.  So why is gratitude such a buzzword as of late?  Perhaps it is the fast pace of life and the stress and anxiety that it causes.  Being grateful for your life, health, family can help keep perspective, or at least, help us feel like all the hard work is worth it.

Maybe in this society of material want, we have come to the realization that the “stuff” is not making us happy.  Do we really need to acquire the newest and best of things to feel like we are fulfilled?  Isn’t a healthier choice to be satisfied with what we have and not live in want?

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Being grateful for your life as it is also keeps you grounded and present in your now.  We are not always thinking about what we need to have in the future, what we missed out on in the past, or how much better our lives would be if only……………………

So, sure, you may agree with all of that.  It all sounds good, right?  But, tough?  You bet!  Our culture is a more, more, more, more, type thing.  We are taught, conditioned to want the newest, best, biggest, fastest of everything.  We want to have the right house, the right car, go to the right vacation spot, wear the right clothes, and have the right bottom line on our bank statement.  But, what happens when we don’t have and can’t get those things?  Chances are we feel bad. We feel bad about ourselves.  Why aren’t we good enough, successful enough, smart enough to have these things that we want?

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Here we are feeling shortchanged and it makes us negative and, most likely, pretty grumpy.  So, we wake every morning with a feeling of deprivation and want.  We move through the day trying to figure out what to do differently to put us where we think we should be.  Or trying to determine where we went wrong.  This negativity and feeling of low self-worth multiplies.  We are giving fuel to the thoughts and the thoughts manifest into our reality.  Okay……so maybe a bit much for you to swallow, but the idea is there.

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Here is the million dollar question………………..how do we get to a place of gratitude?  How do we wake every day and go to bed every night feeling grateful for the abundance of our lives?  Focus and a bit of effort.

There are many paths that you can take.  Some people find that beginning to meditate helps. Or, perhaps yoga will help with the task of learning to stay in the moment.  A great first start is to just set your intention at the beginning of every day.  As soon as you rise, recite a positive mantra.  This can be whatever is important to you.  Some easy examples:

  • I choose joyfulness
  • I am deserving of happiness
  • My life is full and abundant
  • Money comes easily to me
  • I will turn challenges into new successes

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Or instead of a mantra, you could list five things that you are grateful for every day.

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Health
  • Clients (business)
  • The beauty of nature

You get the idea.  Beginning each day with positive vibes can really help to dictate the direction of your day.  Starting a journal and just taking a minute to quickly jot these things down can reinforce the thoughts.  download (2)

“Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habits. Talk about your joys.” – Unknown

Beginning to be grateful for where we are and what we have, the abundance of our lives, brings us more abundance.  If you have read The Secret by Rhonda Byrne you most likely know the idea here.  Our focus attracts more of the same.  If we are continuously focused on the negative, we are simply attracting more negativity into our lives.

 

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This is something that I say to myself every day, especially when I can feel a bit of stress or anxiety creeping in.  It helps to put things into perspective.

Final thoughts…………….as with any other form of discipline; healthy eating, exercise, this takes a bit of practice and some time to develop the habit.  But, give it a try.  We owe it to ourselves to be happy and live with joy.  Your life is abundant and full……………you just need to remember it and be grateful!

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DO YOU NEED A LIFE COACH?

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Life coach, personal coach, behavior change coach, health educator, wellness professional……..perhaps you have heard some of these terms.  Have you wondered “Just what exactly is this and why would I need it?”.    Although there are slight differences between the titles, for simplicity, they are basically:

A professional who works with clients to help them adopt and maintain healthy behaviors so as to improve and extend the quality of life.  This is accomplished, hopefully, through behavior changing psychological skills, exercise programming, and nutrition planning.

In a nutshell, our hope as Wellness Professionals is to help clients identify and pursue goals that are related to their health.  These goals can be around weight loss, athletic performance, improving nutrition, or just being healthier to live a longer life and prevent disease.

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So, why is this something that you may need?  Well……………change is hard. Really tough for most of us.  We are creatures of habit.  We take the path of least resistance.

I am guessing that, unless you are already on board with fitness and nutrition and just reading this for kicks, if you are reading this you need to make a change of some sort.  Chances are you know what you need to do.  You know that you need to exercise and you know that you need to make changes to your diet.  In addition, I am sure that you know how to find tools to do these things.  You can’t NOT find a home workout on Pinterest.  There are a million Facebook pages that supply daily nutrition tips, recipes, food plans.  You can Google anything…….even a printed workout from an online trainer to take to the gym with you.

So, back to the question at hand, why would you need a Wellness Coach?  Simple.  Even with all of the tools at our disposal, we are all going to hit a few stumbling blocks.  The biggest one being MOTIVATION!!!!  It is hard to get over the initial inertia.  It is even harder to stick with it. A second big  reason is accountability.  If you know that someone is going to follow up and ask for your food-log or workout journal, you are much more likely to tow the line.  A few other key reasons to enlist help are;

  • Help with uncovering your “WHY”
  • Motivation
  • Accountability
  • Setting SMART goals with appropriate time frames
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  • Having someone holding you accountable
  • A friendly voice motivating you to step away from the cookies
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  • Assistance with weeding through the fitness/nutrition information overload
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  • Putting it all together; streamlining your plan with one professional, rather than seeing someone for diet and another for exercise.
  • And finally, in case you missed it MOTIVATION and ACCOUNTABILITY

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In case you hadn’t guessed, I find that motivation and accountability are the two biggies that most of us struggle with.  Enlisting the help of a Wellness Coach can greatly help in these areas.  How?   I am glad that you asked.

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First, a common mistake that many people (most of us) make is not being quite sure of our “why”.  What does this mean?  Uncovering your exact motivation for making a change.  “Because my wife told me to lose weight.”…….not a great why.  Sometimes it takes a bit of digging.  Maybe it is to live to see your grandchildren.  Perhaps it is to get off of medication.  Hopefully, you get the idea.  Your why needs to be something important to you.  You need to be able to visualize how a change will improve this aspect of your life………see yourself there.  This is not easy for some of us.  We will help establish your why and we will revisit it whenever you need some motivation.

The second challenge that a Wellness Coach will help with is setting goals.  Sure, we all have a goal. You have one right now I am sure.  The problem comes from what kind of goal you have.  Many people set a big picture goal……say lose 50 pounds.  That is a big, daunting goal.  Others set too many goals, too restrictive of a goal, or too vague of a goal.  A Wellness Coach will help with SMART goals.

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Having smart goals in place is like a road map of where you are going.  You wouldn’t leave on a trip with our planning your route, would you?   Okay, so I am dating myself…….pretend your GPS stopped working out in the country……..what’s the plan.  Suppose your weight loss plateaus?  What’s the plan.

Once your why is established and goals are set, a Wellness Professional will help you establish an action plan.   This can take many different avenues. Perhaps it is personal training and a written food plan.  Maybe it is just an initial nutritional consultation followed up by a few diet follow ups in addition to a work-out plan.  It could be written workouts to take to your gym and follow.  The plan and accountability will look different for each individual depending on needs, goals, and the amount of motivation (extra push) needed.

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A Wellness Coach can truly tailor a program specific to you and your needs and goals.  Interested in learning how we can help you.  We would love to chat with you about the services we offer and meet with you for a free consultation……..don’t live near us.  No problem!  We offer online Coaching services as well.  What have you got to lose?  A few pounds!  Now is the time to get on the road to a long, healthy life!

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