It’s all the rage to pick “one word” as an anthem for your new year.
The last year I chose a word was 2104. I wanted to “grow” in my faith, but ended up growing a fourth child. Talk about a faith builder.
Since then I’ve felt that one word couldn’t really describe what I wanted to do differently. There are many things I’ve desired to change in my life that I didn’t see the point. Then December 2016 rolled around, and the month met me with surprises.
My husband decided it was time we took a honeymoon, so he booked us a trip to Cabo San Lucas. I was beyond surprised and a bit intimidated. Okay, a lot intimidated.
What type of bathing suit would I buy to cover up my overweight body?
How will I look in pictures?
Will I be able to enjoy this amazing trip or be too worried about how I feel in my own skin?
I knew my thoughts were not where I wanted them. It was time to finally do something about my 20-year struggle with binge eating, dieting, and feeling out of control with my eating and anxiety.
Around the same time I completed my life coaching course and became certified to help others. While taking the course I was so excited and felt empowered about coaching others and making a difference. Then the time came to promote myself.
I felt paralyzed.
What if no one wants to work with me?
What do I know about starting my own business?
What if I can’t help anyone change?
What if I fail?
So much of my life has been lived this way. The overwhelming feelings of not being good enough, disappointing others, letting myself down…these are all too familiar thoughts for me.
Do any of these feelings hit a little too close to home for you too?
When I thought about the things ahead of me I looked back to see where I had given up before and wanted this time to be different, but how?
Fear had me stuck in quicksand for too long. I decided the first thing I needed to do was get a planner that would help me organize all the junk in my head, all the expectations I had of myself and the year ahead, and help me set tangible goals for the first time ever.
With a reliable friend’s recommendation I chose the Living Well Planner by Ruth Soukup. It is amazing! There are plenty of pages for goal setting, brainstorming, daily schedules, monthly calendars, meal planning, and more. But, what I really love about this product are the video tutorials that come with it. Mrs. Soukup takes you step-by-step through each section and teaches you how to make the most of the planner. She talks about setting goals, how to follow through, and the importance of believing in yourself. Her motto Do it Scared has propelled me to move forward with my goals THROUGH my fear of failure.
With my planner in hand and actually using it, I’m learning how to manage my time, my personal needs, my family commitments, and my long term goals. I’m taking the time to learn about marketing for my business, and take each day as a chance to Do it Scared.
With our Cabo trip only 5 months away I decided to quit my 20-year-old eating habits and do life differently.
I broke up with Starbucks and all the unhealthy food I was eating.
I joined a weight loss challenge group at the local YMCA.
I set a temporary weight loss goal, along with a more permanent goal for the future. I’m also working toward completing more sit-ups, push-ups, lift more weight, and running faster. Do you want to know what I’ve discovered?
I love the in-person accountability and encouragement this opportunity has gifted me. My husband decided to get fit with me, and I am so proud of him. The last few years have been incredibly demanding of his time and energy, so it’s wonderful to see him making time for himself.
And, I feel like for the first time ever I’m discovering a side of myself that I never knew existed. I can navigate through life without food as my life support. I never thought it would be possible.
I’ve lost pounds and inches, but I’ve gained freedom, confidence, and a belief in myself that I can do more and be the coach and encourager I’ve always wanted to be.
I know there will be days when I’ll have to hang on for dear life, but remembering to Do It Scared and relying on God to keep me going I can accomplish all He has planned for me through being BRAVE.
Let’s talk! What’s your One Word this year? Do you need help getting started with your goals? I’d love to help! You can go HERE to find out more about life coaching.