Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Spreading Wellness: How will you overcome the obstacles that you might encounter?

"When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there." ~Zig Ziglar~

Have you ever created a New Years Resolution, and encountered so many obstacles that you gave up? Have you ever created a goal, and encountered obstacles, but adjusted your sails to accomplish it? Which one felt better? Perhaps, if you are like me, you sometimes go back to the goal that you gave up on at a different time, with a new outlook, and a new plan, with success. Sometimes, we simply need a little break, to step back and re-observe how to accomplish the outcome that you desired.

With a new year starting, we often hear a lot of conversation around "resolutions" and "goals." Being in the field of work that I am, I often hear feedback such as, "I don't make New Year's Resolutions, no one keeps them anyway." And, "Why would I wait until New Year's to make a change?" Those are both valid points, and perhaps what works for some. But others might need to feel like they have a clean slate, to try again, with a new plan. And New Year's is a great time to feel completely free of old obstacles. It creates a buzz of planning, and possibly more social support. For some, we need to feed off of the positive energy of others who are also implementing plans to accomplish their goals. We need colleagues and friends to talk with (social support) about our obstacles and how to change our paths to jump or scurry around the challenges we face.

Have you ever heard the phrase, "A goal without a plan is just a dream?" This is fitting here. Goals really do need solid plans to implement them. You also need to foresee challenges that you will face to accomplish that goal, and create options for overcoming the challenges during your goal planning phase. There are certainly unforeseen obstacles/challenges that will pop up, but if you have created a plan to overcome some foreseen challenges, then it will be easier to overcome the unforeseen ones as they arise.

Once you have the plan in place, social support to help you get there, and a mindset to reach that goal, you are likely to reach it. Remember that you need to set realistic goals, with realistic timelines. You need to feel small successes so that you can keep moving toward the big goal, which provides you with that internal motivation to keep going. In E3's wellness coaching sessions, I help you to write out realistic plans, and foresee the obstacles that might come your way. Then I help you to reach those goals. Sometimes, external motivation helps clients to feel more accountable for their goals, and that is why I'm here as a coach for you.

For me, this New Year is bringing changes to E3. E3 will focus this winter on Yoga at the Fairlawn, Individual Wellness Coaching, and increasing involvement with Corporate Wellness. I am adjusting my sails, and I know that the group outdoor programs with group education/coaching may resurface, but for now, there simply isn't enough interest. Perhaps it is the cold weather, perhaps it feels intimidating to explore the local wilderness with strangers, but whatever it is, I cannot pin-point, and therefore, I am altering my course for my goal of becoming a successful business owner. Yoga has 8 people who have registered. There are still a few spots available, and feedback has been very positive. So I'm going to move forward and pour energy into the successes that E3 has had. :) Wellness Coaching is always an option. One of my strengths is to work with people who are just getting started, and I've had positive feedback from clients. You do not need to work out in a gym to be healthy, there are many ways to create lifestyle habits that will benefit your health, and I'm here to help you with them.

So I ask you, How will you overcome the obstacles that you might encounter when pursuing your New Year's Resolutions? Do you have a plan in place to reach your goal? And, how have you overcome challenges that you faced in the past? These are all important questions to ponder when creating your new goals. Best wishes, and have fun! The feeling of success awaits! :)

To schedule your free consultation for wellness coaching, send me an email (info@e3twinports.com). We will meet at a local coffee shop to discuss your needs, and to determine if we will be a good fit for each other.

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E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Energy and Empowerment through Exercise
Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts
Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, Owner
E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Helping people to lead healthy, happy, & meaningful lives, while promoting healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation, fitness, and interactive educational presentations.

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