I often have clients ask me the secret to creating a REAL transformation. The kind that lasts, not a short-term “quick fix”. A true commitment to personal change requires three things:
Vision – be open to imagining what your life WILL look like. You must know WHY you want to achieve whatever you’re working towards. If you want to lose weight, why? What will your life look like when you lose the 15 or 20 pounds? What will your life look like when you adopt a clean eating lifestyle? A clear vision is what keeps you going when you want to give up or give in.
Promise -The promise you make is to yourself. I once heard someone say that it is comparable to writing check with your mind. The way you can then cash that check is with work. Your promise is what helps you to craft SMART goals which will help you navigate the journey to your vision. I always encourage my clients to share their promise with someone they love who will help to remind them of their vision. This accountability partner is crucial when the “goin’ gets tough.”
Energy – WORK! When you truly believe in something, when you are living your life with purpose, navigating towards your vision and using your promise to guide you, work is a good thing! Work means throwing your focus at a task or project you believe in to create a transformation! For my health coaching clients, this work often comes in the form of exercise, creating meal plans and learning to make healthier food choices. Yes, this IS work, but YOU are worth the energy!
When you combine a clear vision with a promise and the energy to achieve it, you have the power to create real personal change. You can REALLY be productive and renew your mind, body and soul.
Romans 12:1-2 tells us “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Do you have a vision and a promise? …. are you willing to put in the WORK to achieve it?