February 8, 2012
Tamara Gaitten, CHC, AADP
It is February, and many people have already made their New Year resolutions for 2012. However, I believe setting intentions is a continual process, not something that should just be done at the beginning of a new year, but something we think about every day. For, what we think about continually, we can achieve. Focusing on your dreams and goals every day, and taking small steps toward them, is the perfect way to bring them to life.
Visualize your intentions with as much detail as you can muster. How will you feel when you realize your dreams? Get in touch with those emotions. What will your increased abundance look like? Will you travel somewhere you’ve always wanted to go? How will it feel to lose 10 pounds? Or, have excess energy to burn? Close your eyes and see, hear, feel, and taste your goals and dreams!
Here are some additional tips to help make your intentions a reality:
- Write them down and keep them in a visible place. Write them on colorful post-it notes and put them on your mirror, your computer, or the dashboard of your car. Creating a Dream Board (Vision Board) of pictures cut from magazines that represent the things you want to create in your life, can also be very helpful. Put it where you can see it every day!
- Find out where you are stuck. Are you in a stressful relationship that causes you to eat ice cream every night? Are you stressed at work? Are you not getting enough sleep? Are you too rushed in the morning to eat breakfast? Are you too drained after work to cook a healthy meal or exercise? Is fear stopping you from pursuing your dreams? Once you discover the root of your behavior, you can find ways to address it.
- Be clear about what your life would look like once you achieve your goal. Getting connected to the result of your action, will make you much more apt to stick with your plan.
- Share intentions with a close friend, spouse, or coach. Speaking your intentions to someone who cares about you, and can hold you accountable, will make you less likely to give up.
- Stay Positive. There may be setbacks and challenges along the way. Look at each as an opportunity to learn more about yourself and strive to see the silver lining. Find things to be grateful for every day no matter how difficult your situation.
- Reward your successes! If you reach a goal, no matter how small, reward yourself with something special… a massage, a new pair of shoes, a movie, or an evening with a friend.
Big changes do not require big leaps. Permanent change is more likely to happen gradually than through one big restrictive plan. Allow yourself to climb the ladder one rung at a time. Remember you have the power to create the life you want, and what you focus on will manifest in your life!
Tami is a Certified Holistic Health Coach. She received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York; in association with Purchase College, State University of New York. She has studied more than one hundred dietary theories and a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Drawing on this knowledge, she will help you create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.She is certified as a health coach by the American Association of Drugless practitioners. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
To set up an appointment with Tammy, call Harmony Farm 937-667-8311.
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