If you want to transform your life into one that is full of energy and inspires you to take your health and wellness to the next level, you have to have a big-picture vision. You can have all the enthusiasm and energy in the world, but you won’t be able to reach your wellness goals or achieve sustainable optimal health unless you tie everything together with a healthy vision.
With a clear vision of your ideal healthy self and life, you can then imagine a realistic outcome through the goals you set. You need a carefully considered and grounded wellness vision to serve as the foundation on which your healthy goals will thrive and nurture positive behavior change.
Create An Engaging Story
Your wellness vision has to engage your whole self… you have to see yourself being transformed into a new person, from what you look like to how you feel.
Your new healthy self can’t be something nebulous. The true test of a good wellness vision, like a good marketing elevator pitch, is that you can easily paint a picture of it to others by clearly describing it in concise words.
Always tie your wellness vision to your core values, key motivators and things that matter most in your life. For instance, ask yourself, Why is my wellness vision important to me and What is motivating me right now to change?
When you can connect to who you are on the inside, it becomes easier to see the way forward to a target that beckons (your vision!). It is always harder to become something that is vague or hidden in shadows, whereas in contrast, how can you (or anyone else) ignore (or resist) the presence of “who you are” when YOU truly “show up”.
Examples of health and wellness motivation and value statements are: feeling more energetic and alert, improving mental focus and productivity, being more balanced, feeling in control about my health, looking better in my clothes, staying fit so I can remain active with my family and being healthier so that I can prevent disease.
Make Friends With Change
It’s also not a bad idea during the visioning process to check in to see how your self- confidence is fairing and ask yourself: do you feel really confident about achieving your wellness vision and if you have doubts, what are the potential snag points that could trip you up?
A healthy attitude one that cultivates anticipating, welcoming, and overcoming challenges, is a key step to mastering new behaviors and boosting self-confidence.
Don’t forget to put a support structure of some kind in place such as family, friends, resources and environments that can help you work through the change process, stay on track and provide positive feedback. Having the right support system in place from the get-go creates a safe space to explore your thoughts, feelings, needs and intentions and opens doorways to new possibilities.
Shaping Your Optimal Wellness
The process of visioning (seeing into our bright future) requires self-reflection, being strategic AND getting support from others. Brainstorm with others to generate creative and realistic ideas for what you really need and want.
Remember to stretch yourself a bit and think outside of the box when it comes to seeing yourself. Take your time and enjoy the creative process.
Evolution of Self Happens Organically
Designing your healthy life can be a very transformational process and most likely you won’t get to your final wellness vision (and exactly who you want to be) in the very first go-round. It may take several iterations and adjustments until you finally cross the finish line and arrive at your healthy best-self.
It’s perfectly okay, and in all honesty very normal, to reiterate your steps several times and create many visions, until you are satisfied (and at ease).
I don’t meet too many clients who are able to sprint straight up the side of the mountain, plant the flag on the summit and claim victory on their first try. What is more common (and actually healthier) is to take a bit more scenic route to the top… winding your way up the mountain and taking in a few good vistas (and a cappuccino!) along the way.
The main point I want to make here is that if you follow a simple reflective self-discovery process for creating a down-to-earth wellness vision and your pragmatic about planning your goals, you’ll most likely achieve the success you desire (and more!).
If you want a guaranteed return on your investment that provides dividends for the rest of your life, invest in your health!
Don’t forget these important tips.
If You Believe It… You’ll Become It
Your vision should be bigger than your current reality because you are in essence creating a space for your new life based upon where you are today and where you want to be tomorrow (or the rest of your life!). Into this new space will flow your energy, enthusiasm, insights, and dreams.
Have a bold vision and don’t be afraid to share it with everyone you meet. The more you speak about your vision AND reflect it back to others, the more they will befriend the “new you”.
The clearer your wellness vision is, the greater your chances of making the changes needed to get there.
Are You Dreaming of a New You?
I once heard a teacher say, “Wellness is not the absence of disease or the opposite of illness… wellness is rather the presence of well-being and the culmination of life and health-giving practices“. This message is profound because it means that you can’t exclude any part of our life from the wellness journey, good or bad.
Your life is not made up of separate events or things, rather it’s a long sequence of AND statements, originating from your first breath at birth. So do you want to realize the totality of who you are NOW or stay believing that you are always less than?
I want to know what YOUR vision will be!
If you are serious about changing around your life AND getting your health back, one of my wellness coaching programs could be just the thing you need. Find out how you can work with me to transform your life.
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