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A renewed commitment to health

Submitted by on December 30, 2009 – 9:24 amNo Comment

The January issue of North Texas Kids will be out soon, some of you may already have a copy or you can read it online here. I wrote an article about how my husband and I are making a renewed commitment to our health: mental, emotional and especially physical. We have embarked on a whole body makeover with the amazing founders of Living Well Dallas, Jenny Bair, the “inner organizer” and Betty Murray, CN, HHC, RYT, Certified Nutritionist & Holistic Health Counselor.

Betty and Jenny have devised an amazing approach to helping us get our lives back on track, both individually and as a couple. We started this program a couple of weeks before Christmas and after 10 days at my mother’s house, I am not sure we are still on track, but we are thinking about it, talking about it and ready to go home and start fresh. Over the next couple of months, I will blog weekly about our progress and what we are learning about ourselves. I have already learned so much from Jenny and Betty about what my challenges are and where I need to do the emotional work to reorganize my life from the inside out and what eating/exercise changes I need to make. I lost 4 pounds in the first two weeks and was not elated, shouldn’t it have been more dramatic with all of the changes I made? Part of the emotional work is not beating myself up when I get off track and not having unrealistic expectations about what is possible. The program that Jenny and Betty have created is life-altering, not a quick fix. I know that is what I need right now, to make a renewed commitment to long term change.

Check out this great article from one of my favorite sales gurus, Jeffrey Gitomer on Commitment. This was not where I expected to find inspiration, but I found his 12.5 tips to be an excellent reminder on how to look at and embrace change.

What does it take to make a commitment, and then follow through with actions that allow the goal to be achieved?Well, I don’t know that there is an actual formula, but let me share with you what has worked for me. Making the commitment is part one. Living up to it is part two through twelve point five.

Here are the 12.5 steps to getting past commitment to achievement:

1. Today, not tomorrow. Tomorrow never comes, especially where change or breaking a habit is concerned.
2. Develop a passion or an anger about your present situation. The only way to make the goal a reality is to get determined and create the inner energy.
3. Do it for the most important person in the world…YOU! Don’t do this for or against anyone but yourself.
4. Write down your exact plan. Detail both the actions you must take, and the rewards for achievement.
5. Set a time frame. The end is as important as the beginning.
6. Determine the daily dose. Just figure out what you need to achieve each day, and do that.
7. Look for substitutes (placebos or pacifiers). If you have to quit something, get a diversion to take your mind off of temptation.
8. Don’t quit just because you slip. If you fall off the (achievement) wagon, get back on.
9. Post your goals and achievements. Post-it note your goals on your bathroom mirror. After you achieve them, take them down and post them on your bedroom mirror. Look at your success every day.
10. It’s a day-by-day process. And if you do your daily bit-of-achievement, the passing weeks will bring you the prize.
11. Change other habits, so that one is not overpowering the other. Goals require change. Take the opportunity to make a few more.
12. Celebrate your victory. Ring bells, drink champagne from the winners cup, PARTY!
12.5 Grim reality is having a crisis occur that forces the commitment to be made. This can be anywhere from bombing the World Trade Center, to having a massive heart attack. Where crisis is not the best place to have commitment occur, it is certainly the best place to show how to take immediate action.

Read the complete article about Mr. Gitomer’s insipriaton to make a change here.

One of the most important lessons I learned in 2009, is that I cannot make progress alone. I have always been the “I can do it myself!” kind of person, never wanting to ask for help, always making excuses that I was too busy to worry about myself, etcetera… Being a business owner has taught me many life lessons about learning how to ask for help! I am so grateful that I found Jenny and Betty and Living Well Dallas and that I don’t have to undertake this journey alone.

I would love to hear from you how you are making a renewed commitment to yourself this year!

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