The Highland Lake Inn’s Health Coaching division is designed to provide the structure, resources and support you need to get healthy habits incorporated into the everyday for an improved quality of life and the freedom and peace of mind that underlie ‘the greater you’.
In a recent questionnaire, a participant named his biggest obstacle to weight loss as follows: ‘Overcoming Habits’. To paraphrase a saying, first you make your habits, and then your habits make you, so, where to start to make a change? Transforming a habit takes time, practice, and accessing inner motivators that support you on your journey.
‘Overcoming’ habits might be rephrased in order to change the focus of our attention to what we really want. Overcome is described as ‘to surmount a physical or abstract obstacle, to prevail over, to get the better of, to win (a battle).’ With this outlook, the focus is on an impending doom of sorts, at least many of us feel that way when thinking of entering a battle. Will it hurt? Will I win? Am I ready? Is my opponent stronger than I? Do I have the right weapons, strategies and talents? What if I lose?
No wonder we avoid it. Take a moment to think about how this phrase can be rewritten in your own words to address what is right and good and going well. How can I find and nourish the seeds of greatness and responsibility in myself, my appreciation, my gratitude, my self-esteem in taking action and doing well? (sound better?) What would your phrase look like if you re-wrote it to address the part of you that is calling for change, ready for change, excited for change, and write a detailed list of how you feel, as if you are already at your desired goal. (feel better?).
The unhealthful habits can be imagined as ‘dissolving away’, or like sand slipping away, as room is made for the new to come, the new habit that comes from your natural empowerment to be well.
We’d love to hear your comments below, your re-written phrases that look to capture the positive impulse behind your wellness goals. For a personal telephone interview, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help you get started today.