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If you are a member of Earthly Essentials ~ The Community, defining what health means to you and setting goals that work are topics that we previously addressed in our Saturday Coaching Video Sessions. If you are not a member, I encourage you to head on over to join in on many more in-depth topics of holistic health, wellness, and self-awareness & growth with a community of empowering individuals
Developing a wellness plan that aligns with your whole self is crucial to your success. This allows you an understanding of yourself- where you excel and what areas could use some fine-tuning. This requires you to really assess every area of your whole self.
Some Questions to Ask Yourself:
How do you feel physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually? How are your sleep and nutrition? Do you feel that you have good relationships & communication? What type of energy do you give off? Are you connected spiritually to God & your surroundings? Is pain a reoccurring or consistent issue? Do you often feel fatigued or sluggish?
Once you accomplish this, you can visualize your low areas and develop realistic goals to improve each problem area. However, creating goals in your wellness plan takes more work than we think. Our goals need to have actionable steps! At the end, you will find a wonderful worksheet to help you develop actionable goals and begin creating your detailed wellness plan.
But you must first define Health
What does health mean to you? What does it mean for you to be healthy? This question will lead you on your path to self-discovery when it comes to your whole self and wellness.
For many, being healthy simply means not being ill nor experiencing severe bouts of illness. It is definitely a common misconception. Just as the misconceptions that in order to live a healthy lifestyle you must be on a trendy diet, follow some intense fitness plan, take these expensive supplements, use essential oils in every aspect of your life…
While these things are beneficial to your wellness, Health is so much more! We need to think of health always as Whole Health- the entire system of YOU working in unity with every individual part.
According to the World Health Organization:
Health is a state of physical, mental, and social well-being; not merely the absence of illness.
Let’s break these down a bit.
- Physical Health
- Muscles & Joints
- Digestive System
- Elimination system
- Cardiovascular System (Circulation)
- Immune System
- All Physical Parts of You
- Emotional Balance
- Mental Wellness
- Energetic/ Vibrational Self
- Employment Environment
- Family & Friend Relationships
- Economic Stability
- The Parts of You That Involve Outside Forces
Creating A Plan That Fits
Now, after all of this information. You must ask yourself: What does health really mean to me? What does my most healthy self look like? How does the healthy version of me feel? What types of thoughts and emotions does my healthy self experience regularly?
When you can deeply define yourself in these ways you can begin to make the correct changes needed to reach a better version of yourself while maintaining balance of your whole self. This will allow you the ability to see where you need to make changes and shift your mindset in ways that allow you a stronger ability to create change.
Making Change Happen
Remember, lasting changes begin with small steps. This includes only choosing a few of your problem areas to focus on at any given time. This is important to note because when you attempt to tackle too much at once, it often becomes overwhelming and turns you off from working toward your goals.
It is also important for you to allow the downs. No one is perfect and making changes sometimes includes stumbling. Your mindset in this process is everything! Stay focused, stay motivated, and enjoy the process. This is an incredible time to focus on yourself and learn to listen to your body.
Asking the Real Questions
- Where do I want to be physically?
- How do I want my body to feel and function?
- What kind of thoughts and emotions do I want to express regularly?
- How am I going to get myself there?
- What do I need to do to make these things happen?
- Do I need to seek guidance from a certain type of coach to assist me?
Setting Goals The Work!
It is very easy to set a goal. You know you are here and you want to get there. It is common to set your goals with one, maybe two, tasks that need to be done. And while many people find this to work, many others struggle to maintain consistency; or worse, they give up on achieving what they set out to do.
This occurs because you haven’t set up a goal with actionable steps!
Actionable steps is when you break down your goals into small steps that are easier to complete. These steps should allow you to easily envision what you need to do and when. It is the framework needed to help you make changes without added stress or challenges.
My 3 Step goal-setting process:
- What is the end goal?
- What steps do you need to take to get there?
- How/When will you need to address this step?
Let’s say that your goal is to eat healthier. Great goal right! Instead of telling yourself things like “well I just need to make better nutritional choices”, because that is extremely vague and is a statement setting you up for failure, Let’s break it down further!
Your “what’s” might be, I need to make healthier food choices. I need to incorporate more raw vegetables and fruit into my daily diet. I need to cut back on my sodium and sugar intake.
Your “how’s/when’s” would look like: I will use the Walmart grocery application to preorder my food in order to prevent myself from binge buying unhealthy snacks. I will make smoothies daily and incorporate things that I am not fond of (like beet powder, celery, spinach, etc).
Now these are actionable steps!
You have broken down your goal into steps that you can visualize yourself doing. You know what to do beforehand and when you will be presented with a situation where you will need to focus on your changes!
My Gift To You!
I have a FREE downloadable worksheet to help you define your goals in actionable steps and begin creating your wellness plan! There is no subscription necessary! I encourage you to print this out, complete it, and hang it somewhere that you will see it throughout your day as a reminder of the changes you plan to make.
Remember, you are your biggest advocate and changemaker on your wellness journey! I would love to work with you one on one or see you join Earthly Essentials ~ The Community and join in on our live coaching sessions, Wellness Wednesdays, and so much more on Holistic, yet Realistic, Health & Wellness.