With fall approaching, this is a great time to think
about what you want to create, accomplish, be, or
before the year is over. Read the article below to get
a jump-start on your path to success.
To your health, happiness and success,
|Seven Steps to Creating Change in Your Life
What could you change about your life that
would dramatically improve your life? Perhaps
you want more money, more
free time or to fit back into your skinny jeans?
Whatever you decide, the following action plan will
give you a jump-start on your path to success:
1. Vision – what do you want? I mean, what do you
really want? If you’re like many people, the
of change may stir up those all-too-familiar negative
thoughts of fear, doubt, worry or guilt. Instead of
focusing on these gremlins, stand up, shut your eyes
and take a long, slow, deep breath. Inhale through
through your nose and exhale through your mouth.
push the breath down through your head, through
your neck, your shoulders, your chest, your
abdomen, your pelvis, your thighs, your shins, your
ankles and, eventually, all the way down through
your feet and into the earth. Now, repeat this ten
times. Each time you exhale, ground your feet more
firmly to the earth. Imagine your body is a tree and
your feet are the roots and each breath spreads your
roots further and deeper into the ground.
Now that you've grounded yourself, ask yourself:
what is it that you really want? What will that
get you? What’s important about this?
2. Target Date – now that you’ve figured out what
you really want, set a target date for completing this
goal. Perhaps it’s one month, two months or by the
end of this year. A good way to determine whether
or not your target date is realistic is to say your goal
and target date out-loud. If you can say it with a
straight face yet it still feels like a challenge, then
you’ve got a good target date. If not, you’ll want to
take some more time to examine what target date
really works for you.
3. Small Steps – completing small steps each
week boosts your confidence, energy and
motivation. Create a chart, diagram or collage that
will help you to gauge your progress - one week at a
time - all the way to the eventual completion of your
goal. Be sure to include how you’ll reward yourself
once you have completed your goal.
4. Direction – your chart, diagram or collage includes
all the ingredients needed for success. Simply refer
to this tool at the beginning and end of each day to
review how far you've come. You can represent
your progress with percentages, different colors or
All that matters is that the measurement tool works
5. Accountability – find an accountability partner -
someone who will ask you every week about your
successes and challenges and what’s
Keep in mind that the people closest to you may not
be your best accountability partners. Your spouse or
best friend may not always be thrilled that you’ve
decided to go
the gym every day or spend extra time at the office –
at the expense of spending time with them. Or your
business partner may find that the daily demands of
her job get in the way of truly holding you
accountable to leaving the office early. Instead,
consider finding an accountability partner who has
more detachment and who, at the same time, clearly
understand the importance you’re placing on your
6. Reflection – if the end of the week
rolls around and you’ve achieved your weekly goal,
great! If you haven’t reached your weekly goal, all is
not lost. This is a valuable time for reflection. What
did you learn by not reaching your weekly goal?
What will work better next time?
7. Celebration – congratulations on a job well done!
One of the most important parts of the action plan is
rewarding yourself when you have succeeded. What
reward did you choose at the outset? Whatever
it is, relish in it, bask in it, drink it up or soak it in.
You deserve it.
Amber Rosenberg is the principal of
Pacific Life Coach, a life and business
coaching company that guides entrepreneurs, small
business owners and other professionals to
success on their own terms doing what they love.
She is a contributor to the book 'Inspiration to
Realization', a self-help book for women, a popular
speaker, and a writer for Know
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