Even though New Year’s Day is in the past, it’s still January, which means it’s perfectly acceptable to keep thinking about ways to improve your life in 2019. Chances are, even if you’ve decided on getting fit, quit smoking, change career, save more money or find true love.
Research shows that 80% of people give up on their New Year’s resolution by the 2nd week of February!
The reason? What most people call resolutions are really just wishes or ideas they hope would happen. The majority of people aren’t actually resolving anything within themselves.
Those who keep to their resolutions understand why and what they are doing. There’s got to be a bigger motivating factor that underpins the goal. And when you set your goal (not just at the New Year) be sure they make you get a buzz out of it and it gets you excited.
When you’ve understood why your resolution is so important, the next step is to create a strategy and to identify the tools that will help you manifest what you want, otherwise your resolution will remain a dream.
Start by making your goal a reality, put pen to paper and write it down, study after study shows, people who very vividly describe or picture their goals are anywhere from 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to successfully accomplish their goals. Commit yourself even further and write it down for yourself to review every day this year.
How a Life Coach in Sheffield can help you achieve your goals
Many people feel as if they’re wandering aimlessly through life. They work hard, but they don’t seem to get anywhere worthwhile or achieve a great deal. A key reason that they feel this way is that they haven’t spent enough time thinking about what they want from life and haven’t set themselves any goals. After all, would you jump in a car to set off on a long journey with no real idea of your destination? Probably not!
Elite athletes, successful business people and achievers in all walks of life have one thing in common, they all reached out to a life coach. Oprah Winfrey, Oprah has attributed some of her success to her life coach, Serena Williams, Tiger Woods, Brad Pitt, Michael Phelps and George Clooney are all highly successful in their fields and have all consulted a life coach to help them focus on and achieve their goals.
In business or in life, we might refer to some of these people as mentors. They help to guide us through some of the most tumultuous times and steer us in the right direction to achieve our goals and our dreams. It’s difficult to see things from a fresh perspective and realise what you’re capable of without them.
But not all of us have access to mentors. Not all of us are proficient in networking or in touch with people playing life at its highest levels. That’s the beauty of having a life coach. You don’t need to know someone who’s rich or famous or who has the proverbial keys to success. All you need to do is to enlist the help of a professional who can help to guide you through things.
So, what is a life coach? It’s not just a mentor. It’s not just a friend. It’s not just a coach in the most basic sense. A life coach is a partner, someone who’s there for you through life’s most difficult and challenging times, able to guide you through and help you to see things differently, refine your approach and achieve your lifetime dreams.
Most of us are so set in our ways, that unless we have an objective third-party actually point things out to us, we often fail to notice the things that are setting us back. It’s a monumental undertaking to do this by yourself. With that being said, here are 5 key reasons why you absolutely must have a life coach if you’re serious about succeeding at whatever it is that you’re aiming for.
- Assistance to set sharp, clearly defined goals, you can measure and take pride in the achievement of those goals, and you’ll see forward progress in what might previously have seemed a long pointless grind. You will also raise your self-confidence, as you recognise your own ability and competence in achieving the goals that you’ve set.
- Help you overcome limiting believes that can hinder your progress to achieve your goal. Many of us live with limiting self-beliefs. These are beliefs we hold about ourselves that limit us, such as “I’m not capable” or “I’m not worthy of that job”. These beliefs are rarely based on fact and come from a variety of different sources (including our childhood).
- Identify your missing ‘why”. Sometimes we’re lacking motivation because we simply haven’t found our ‘why’, our purpose behind what we’re doing. Once you’ve established an internal reason for doing something – your ‘why’ – you can develop it. You’ll find decision making easier as you’ll have your purpose guiding your way. You’ll feel excited to work on your goal as you’ll recognise why you’re so passionate about doing it.
- Learning how to stem negative energy and generate positive energy, you could be in a better position to reach your full potential in all aspects of life – from your performance at work, to the quality of your relationships and friendships. It takes time and practice to control your energy levels but with the help of a life coach, you could finally reach your potential.
- Someone to hold you accountable, being able to check in with a coach weekly is like having a best friend whose sole purpose is to help you succeed and hit whatever target you have set. Sometimes it is hard to find people in our lives who can honestly hold us accountable, all while cheering us on and motivating us throughout the whole process.
“Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then.” – Diana Ross
I would love to help you on this journey.
As always, I hope this helps. Feel free to share this with your family, friends and colleagues.
Mike Lawrence is a qualified holistic therapist and life coach in Sheffield, UK. His services include: