2017 has been a game changer for me. In June I qualified as a Personal Performance Coach with The Coaching Academy and in November I gained my Coaching in Education qualification with distinction. I’ve set up my business and had the privilege of working with some wonderful clients.
I’m not saying this to blow my own trumpet but to encourage you to believe that change is possible. I’ve been a secondary school teacher for 16 years, I have three small children, and perhaps like you, I’ve spent the last decade focusing on survival as frankly there wasn’t time for anything else.
But this year, I’ve changed my beliefs, my attitudes and my daily habits and had an incredible year- I’ve pushed myself out of my comfort zone, made some amazing friends who have held me to a high standard and I’m energised and ready for more growth and challenge in the year ahead.
So what can I share with you?
Consistent action gets results and massive action gets massive results.
Have a plan and chip away at it every day. Be braver than you feel and take risks. Don’t be scared of failure- (FAIL is an acronym for First Attempt in Learning)
Get up early. For most successful people this means getting up early and setting intentions for the day before other people’s agendas take over. I get up at 6 and the first thing I do is write in my planner to record the things I’m grateful for and set my intentions for the day. First thing is when you’re likely to be most productive too. I’ve had to train the children to stay in their rooms until 7AM- we’re mostly successful with this and it means I have a bit of time to think and plan before I start meeting their breakfast orders!
Take care of your health. It’s so tempting to say we don’t have time to exercise, sleep or eat properly but getting those habits in place is so important to support mental and physical health. It’s super tough to exercise during these cold dark days but there are some great, free resources online. Check out Fitness Blender, The Body Coach, Yoga with Adrienne. Having a challenge or goal really helps keep me motivated to. In December I completed the 5K every day and excepting a couple of dangerously icy days this got me out every day, when I otherwise would have made excuses to stay in!
Get your daily habits sorted. Whatever it is that you need to do, commit to it on a daily basis. Whether it’s drinking enough water, exercise or getting control of your finances, commit to doing it on a daily basis. Use a habit tracker- mine is on my fridge or an app such as HabitHub.
Find your cheerleaders. Make sure you seek out the people who will cheer you on. This will keep you on track and accountable. I have business buddies to keep me on track, my coaching circle I meet on a monthly basis and my lovely school mums who keep me on track with exercise. Also investing in coaching has been an incredibly powerful way of identifying what holds me back and holding me to account.
Be future focused. Take yourself forward in time five years. What do you want to be doing? How do you want to be living? What do you need to commit to now in order to achieve that?
What are your goals for 2018? What are you prepared to do to make sure you succeed?
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