I love change. My entire life has centered around it. But that doesn’t mean I believe it is easy!
Over the years, I have become a student of change. I love the process of change. And I am curious what makes change successful. My corporate and consulting careers focused on creating change – either improving an existing operation or creating wholesale change across a business. Even when I moved into my fitness career, my work was about helping people change their bodies and their lives. Change is an outlet for my creative energy! Even in my own life, I’m curious about change.
Some changes – like moving to a different city, or changing careers – are very easy for me to make. Reorganizing and decluttering my possessions and home – a lot of work, but easy (and enjoyable) to do. Other changes are more difficult for me. Right now, I am focusing on my internal world – the thoughts, beliefs and perceptions that govern my life. Becoming aware of, and proficient at, changing my internal world has been more perplexing and very difficult. I am finding that this area of change is about rewriting the rules of your life. It is tedious, scary, exciting and necessary for creating lasting transformation.
Change comes when we take action.
We can think that we want to change. And we can feel the desire to change deep in our hearts. But here is the reality: without taking action, there is no change. When we combine (and align) our thoughts, desires and behaviors, we create the energy and the ability to transform. Without all three (thoughts, desires and behavior), our transformation won’t have permanence or stability.
Change is about creating a “new normal” in your life – inside and out.
Changing your life is about creating a “new normal.” Your “new normal” can be about a new set of habits or daily rituals that bring the results that you desire. It can also be about changes in your environment (e.g. changing how you stock your kitchen pantry or decluttering your home). Hanging around people who positively impact the type of change you want to create is also an example of a “new normal.” Typically, change also means creating a new standard in your inner world. I think creating this new internal standard is the most profound and overwhelming change to create.
Your thoughts and perceptions about yourself, and the world around you, predict the type and level of success you achieve. It is easy to remain stagnant when you believe your family, for example, won’t go along with what you want to accomplish. If you don’t change this perception, your result will be the change your family wants not and necessarily the change you want. If you believe you are unlovable or not worthy of the new normal you seek, you are most likely not to change. Or, if you do start the process, chances are you will quit when the going gets tough.
Change takes personal leadership.
Personal leadership is about how you lead yourself through life. A fundamental question we can all ask ourselves is this: are we going to lead our lives or not? In other words, will we live as a result of what goes on around and inside of us? Or, will we choose to lead ourselves and be a positive influence on our own lives? The choice is up to us.
Here is my definition of personal leadership:
Success in our lives does not come from going through the motions, it comes from being more conscious and aware of what brings us joy, fulfillment and satisfaction. And then taking action to clear away what stands in our way to nurture and develop what brings us positive and sustainable results.
Think about your approach to life. Is your approach one that inspires and motivates you? Or is it one that leaves you stressed out, drained and burnt out? Which kind of approach will bring you the results you desire?
The personal leadership approach that a person takes in their life is the biggest difference I have seen in people who succeed in creating lasting change and those who don’t. Those who proactively choose their course, break through barriers, navigate obstacles, and create opportunities for meaning, prosperity and significance are those who create sustainable change in their lives. The good news is that you can learn to bring this leadership style to your life.
A coach approach to change
Here at Strand Fitness, we can help you develop your style of personal leadership for your fitness journey. We won’t necessarily give you the answers, but we will teach you how to find and create the answers yourself. And you’ll have our support and guidance along the way.
If you are ready to make positive and lasting change in your fitness and health, contact Pam to schedule a consultation (complimentary; no-obligation). You can contact her at 630-653-8152 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Strand Fitness is a personal training studio in Downtown Wheaton, serving Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, Winfield, & Chicago Western Suburbs. To learn more about how Strand Fitness can help you reach your fitness goals, contact Pam (630-653-8152) and schedule your free fitness consultation.
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