Is Fall the Season for Personal Change?

I’ve been reading many articles recently about people seeing fall as a second New Years. With school back in the routine, the weather beginning to shift, and the days growing shorter change is all around us.

Perhaps, it could be a time for personal renewal. A time for recommitting to goals or setting some new ones.

The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran states that goals that are set for a 12 week time frame have a higher success rate than goals set for an entire year. With about 12 weeks left in the year, maybe this is just the right time to step into a new or renewed goal.

So, what could that look like?

Maybe you want to lose some weight, take better care of yourself, eat healthier, get rid of some pain, do something good for your community, grow closer to Jesus….

Whatever your little heart desires!

So, how do you get started?

Well, start by choosing a goal. You want it to be reasonable, measurable, and achievable. And make sure to tell people about your goal. Don’t just keep it to yourself.

Then, decide why you want that goal. What’s the why underneath your why? That means dig deep to uncover what is the driving force behind this desire.

After that, MAKE. A. PLAN.

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Eek! Choose small steps that will help you reach your goal by the end of the time frame.  Then, put that plan in place! Work your plan!  Sounds simple enough right?  Well, what happens if I fall off track or lose momentum or willpower?

Great question! Return your mind to your why! Why did you decide to step into this goal? Why did you decide to do the hard work? This is where the why underneath your why is super powerful! Take a deep breath (or 100) and decide to step back into the game, step back into the plan. And pray!  Ask God to help you stick with it!

“So I say to you:  Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  Luke 11:9 (NIV)

Change doesn’t happen because it’s easy. There will always be hard choices, hard work, and dedication to make it to the end. But it’s not impossible! Especially if you commit your plan to God. He will order your steps to help you be successful.

“Put God in charge of your work, then what you’ve planned will take place.”  Proverbs 16:3 (MSG)

Need help in putting all this in place? Need help setting yourself up for inevitable success? I’m here for you! Let me know how I can help! And then, go get those goals!

Happy Fall New Year!!

Simplify

Life is complicated.

Jobs are complicated.  Relationships are complicated.  The internet/cable service is complicated.  Politics are complicated. Religion is complicated.

So, how are we to live a simple, yet fulfilling life in the midst of all this complication.  (I’m not talking about a simple, boring life!  I’m talking about a simple, abundant life!)

Good question!

Here are 5 tips for simplifying life to create space for fulfillment and abundance.

1.Declutter

Your external environment is a direct correlation to your mental state.  If you live, work, or play in a place full of clutter you are likely going to be stressed and anxious.  Your life will not feel simple.  It will feel complicated and messy.  Take 5-10 minutes a day to pick up, clean up, get rid of, or organize.  Breaking it down into chunks will help remove the feeling of overwhelm.  I might also recommend  de-cluttering your schedule as well.  What are activities or events that drain you?   What can you let go of?  Fill your calendar with things that nourish and fulfill you instead of clutter.

2. Meditate/Pray

Take a few minutes a day to clear your mind and just breathe.  This can be a prayerful time too!  There have been abundant studies to show that taking time daily to meditate/pray makes you more productive, more compassionate, less anxious, happier, and focused.  Who doesn’t want that in their life?!?! In addition,  it helps you to feel more grounded so you can make better choices to simplify your life.  Opening your mind and heart in prayer can also give you guidance so you can take the next step forward.

3. Take a walk

There are soooo many reasons to get outside in nature.  We all know the benefits of  exercise.  And, so many of us think exercise has to be complicated to be beneficial.  Actually, it doesn’t.  You don’t have to do zumba, pilates, rock climbing, or surfing (But if those bring you joy, then by all means go for it)!  We just need to move our body in a way that feels good for us.  Taking a walk is easy on the joints, gets us outside, works our heart muscle, and gives us time to think or enjoy the company of a friend.  Simplify your exercise routine to help create a simpler life.

4. Take a day (or a week) off

You have vacation days.  You have sick days.  You are allowed to use those!  Take a day (or week) for you!  Send the kids to school, the spouse to work, and lay in your pj’s all day, binge a Netflix series, get a massage, take a bath, or whatever!  Simplify by using this time to fill your cup.  When we do all the things all day,  everyday we become depleted, sick, and life feels complicated because we don’t  have any energy or patience left.  Take some time for you to renew and rejuvenate.

5. Don’t expect so much from yourself

Of course, do your best.  And do your best at a few things.  You don’t have to do all the things.  God created the entire universe in 6 days.  He didn’t do it all in one day.   And you don’t have to either.  This is one thing near and dear to my heart because it’s a struggle I’m having right now, actually.  And I recently read a book called  The 12 Week Year.  It has opened my eyes to the tasks that are most important in achieving my goals.  AND it has helped me make a step by step plan to reach my goals.  AND I’ve taken several things off the to-do list because of it.  I highly recommend this book if you’re someone who has big goals, a large to-do list, and overwhelm.  Whether you read it or not, simplify by removing items from your to- do list (or get help doing them).

Remember:  life is short.  Do what’s important in the long run!  Simplify now so you have more space/time/sanity later.

For more help on simplifying your life email Carrie at needahealthcoach@gmail.com