If you have been hanging around for a while you know I am a Life Coach and not just any old Life Coach, but a Strategic Life Coach and a Certified Christian Hypnotist. So what does that mean? Today it means I can change your life with a sheet of paper.
Just about anyone can do this that can follow instructions and make a small commitment, but humans aren't that good at following through with things and especially after they are socially programed to move on to the next thing every five minutes. That is why we need coaches and hypnotists to get us to achieve our goals. Still, if you will do this exercise, you will be amazed by the positive change in your life.
So here we go:
1. Get a sheet of paper and it is best if it has lines on it like a notebook sheet.
2. On the back of the page write down what you want to change in your life. Lose Weight, Quit Smoking, Make More Money, Change Careers, Buy a New Car, Have Better Relationships, whatever, don't hold back. If you pick a goal that doesn't mean much to you, then you won't have much motivation. Just don't pick a goal that you think right off is impossible. We tend to limit ourselves and what we can achieve based on our beliefs about us and our lives.
3. Look at your goal. Get familiar with it. Think about it. Now come up with the actions you would need to take to achieve it. These will fall into two areas: one, figure out what you have to do to achieve your goal and two, doing those things you now know you must do.
4. Turn the page over and right your goal in the form of a to do list item. Here is an example.
Goal on back of page: Lose 20 pounds in three months or less and run a half marathon.
So what would it take to do that? Eat fewer calories, eat healthier foods and get in some marathon training time, keeping records of your progress and actions so you can make adjustments as needed.
Turn the page over and write across the top: TO DO LIST
This to do list has only one item.
Eat 78 fewer calories a day than I burn, make my meals and snacks natural and healthy, get some marathon training and practice every day.
You could look at this as several things to do, but it works better if you just lump it all together as “my goal to do.” That way if you don't do it all in a day, it doesn't count.
5. Starting at the left of the page below this to do statement, number the left of four columns you will make from 1 to 15.
and so on.
6. Number the next column from 16 to 30, the next from 31 to 45 and the last from 46 to 60.
In other words, divide the page into four columns and number them from 1 to 60 with fifteen numbers in each column.
7. Everyday you get up and look at the back of the page at your goal. You turn it over and look at your to do list. You do those things that day and check off the corresponding number. After sixty days of doing this you have a real habit and have made some dramatic changes.
Just think how far you could walk if you just walked a few blocks a day for a year. It adds up. You can baby step your way to success.
It is like the old joke where the doctor told grandma to walk a mile a day. We got a card from her last week and she is in Albuquerque. The picture was nice.
Most people won't follow through on this. Most people have dropped their New Year's resolutions by January 15th.
That is why I have a job and my phone keeps ringing.
I have to pull out more tricks for a lot of my clients, but this one will work if you follow through.
Best and be blest,
Scott Hogue CChH
Scott Hogue is a Strategic Life Coach, an Author and a Certified Christian Hypnotist.