I’m so excited to share that I’ve officially completed my year-long Holistic Health Coaching certification through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. About 1.5 years ago I realized my true passion and calling is (hence the birth of this blog), which was a completely separate career track from where I was. I graduated with an English degree thinking I wanted to go into publishing, then found myself working as an Operations Manager in a travel company. You can read more about the details here, but the point is that one year ago I found the program which would change my life and blast me in the right direction.
I say blast, because once the program began things started happening so fast it was like being shot out of a cannon. I had set intentions that within three years I wanted to:
- Start guiding people to better health through nutrition and exercise (especially athletes and post-sport athletes).
- Speak in front of parents about how to best nourish their child athletes.
- Speak in front of the college athletes at Saint Martin’s University (my Alma Mater) about nutrition.
Well guess what – I was able to accomplish all those things BEFORE I EVEN GRADUATED. Seriously, I’m ahead of where I thought I would be by two full years. Much of it had to do with being in a supportive program that pushed me to start building my business while I was in school (through all sorts of doubts that I wasn’t ready), then the rest of it because I set clear goals and intentions, took advantage of opportunities that presented themselves, and spent a lot of time outside my comfort zone.
I wanted to share what I’ve learned in how to successfully reach goals, which is the base with which I help clients.
1. Figure out what you want. If you don’t yet know what you want your life to look like, then how will you get anywhere? Take some time to sit down and write down the following:
- What do you want to accomplish by the end of today? Tomorrow? Next week?
- What do you want to accomplish by the end of the month?
- What do you want to accomplish by next New Year’s Day?
- On New Year’s Day, two years from now – what’s the year? How old will you be? How old will your loved ones be? What are all the things you want to have done by that time?
- On New Year’s Day, five years from now – what’s the year? How old will you be? How old will your loved ones be? What are all the things you want to have done by that time?
- 10 Years? 20 Years?
The clearer you are about describing where you want to be in life, the easier it will be to make it come to fruition. Where do you live? Are you married? Kids? What’s your career? How does it feel doing what you’re doing? What does your house look like? You get the idea.
Nothing is set in stone, and it is good to revisit this list about every three months, as things change. But it’s such a useful tool to keeping yourself focused on what you want in your life. It also makes it a heck of a lot easier to decide what to agree to do, and when to say “no.” If it doesn’t fit in your plan, then perhaps it isn’t for you! It’s still a struggle for me to say “no” to people, but remembering my goals helps me decide what will serve me and what will not.
2. Once you set your intentions, watch for opportunities that will present itself. To repeat an excerpt from a past blog: All of us are living the Law of Attraction, every second of every day. The energy and frequency we emit, combined with the Law of Attraction, determine what we attract and experience. We can choose how we use it, either consciously or unconsciously.
Once I set my intention of what I wanted to do, I started following my intuition. I decided the first thing I should do is start a blog to start gathering my own ideas and thoughts in one place. I then reached out to the local athletic club to interview a couple former athletes for my blog. One happened to be fitness manager. I expressed what I wanted to do, and he pointed me in the direction of their Health Coach, what she does, and her background. That led me to IIN. About three months later, I ended up being hired by that same fitness manager as a Health Coach for his own Personal Training studio – and here I am!
Albert Einstein said, “Everything is energy, and that is all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want, and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy, this is physics.” Those who understand this concept can utilize the energy and frequency they project in a conscious and intentional way to create desired experiences.
3. Break free of old behavior patterns. As a species, we want to stay where we are comfortable. Anything else is scary. A good story that was told to me went like this:
A group of geese were flying south for the winter. When they were tired along the way, they stopped at a small farm to rest up for the night. In the morning, the group was ready to return to their route, when one goose decided to stay behind and enjoy the farm, saying that he would catch them on their way back north later that year. The goose had a nice and comfortable winter on the farm. When the geese returned on their way headed north, the goose tried to rejoin them, but didn’t have the strength to keep up. Because he had stayed where he was comfortable, he couldn’t move as quickly to get where he wanted to go.
Basically, we need to be uncomfortable to grow. If we never step out of our box, we aren’t going to get anywhere. Make a practice to push yourself out of your comfort zone in the direction of your goals. The more you practice, the easier it becomes to move forward, faster. Now if I notice I’ve been comfortable, I know it’s time to start implementing more steps toward my goals.
So there you have it – three easy steps toward reaching your goals and making your dreams come true. I truly believe the universe is here to support our intentions, and the energy you put out is the energy you get back.
If you are interested in learning more about health coaching and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, visit my post here for more information. If you need some support in reaching your health goals, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Wimberly Training website for more information.