Did you make New Year resolutions way back in January to do more exercise? Eat more healthily? Drink less? Manage your stress? Make more time for yourself?

If you’ve kept up with them – congratulations. But if not, don’t be hard on yourself. One study from the US found that only 8 percent of us actually stick with resolutions!

There are many reasons our goals fall by the wayside. One of them is not having an overall vision: an inspiring, motivating picture of how you’ll feel, look and behave at your ideal level of wellbeing.

Your wellness vision is where you get really (REALLY) clear about what you want to achieve – and why. It also helps connects your goals to a bigger picture. When you know what you want, you get excited about working towards it, and greatly increase your chances of making changes that last.

So, let’s create that wellness vision! Write it in the present tense as though you’ve already achieved it and use language and imagery that motivate you e.g.:

  • I make delicious, healthy, nutritious meals that keep me energised, happy and help balance my hormones.
  • I look for ways to increase physical activity in my day, eat healthily and connect with other people so that I enjoy good health now and in my older years.
  • I manage my stress well, and make time for things I enjoy.  I feel happy and positive and enjoy life to the fullest.

When you’ve written your vision, spend some time thinking about the following questions:

  • What have been your best experiences with elements of your vision: get a clear, detailed picture in your mind of times you’ve felt really healthy, happy, fit, energised, calm, balanced (or whatever is in your vision)
  • What are your personal values and how do they relate to your vision?
  • What really motivates you about your vision? Why is it important to you that you get more exercise, change the way you eat, manage stress etc?  How will your life change when you make these change/s? What might happen if you don’t change your behaviour?
  • What challenges and obstacles will you have to overcome to reach your vision?
  • What strengths can you draw on to help you overcome these (think about other times in your life you’ve overcome obstacles/been successful – this doesn’t have to be health-related, it could be to do with work, family or another area of your life)
  • What support and resources are available to help you achieve your vision? (e.g. family, friends, community groups, the internet, keeping a diary)
  • What strategies can you use to reach your vision? Brainstorm ideas either on your own or with someone you trust.

Are you feeling ready, confident and committed to start working towards your wellness vision?

I hope you said YES!  If not, and you’d like some help creating a wellness vision and achieving your goals, read more about wellness coaching or listen to my radio interview.

Next time, we’ll look at how you can use your wellness vision to develop achievable and realistic goals.