Sustainable Change Process
First, we gather all the pieces of your life story together: past health history, major life events, and the experiences and traits that make you, you. In a sense, we are gathering all the tools you will need for the journey ahead.
Next, I really get to know you by asking questions meant to invoke exploration. I guide you through the process of designing your future health vision by first digging deeper into your purpose, meaning, and values.
The ground is fertile for change and you're ready for action. You take the first steps towards your meaningful future health goals. This part is hard work, but I am with you every step of the way.
Goals shift. Life happens. We respond by being flexible and adaptable. Every change process involves the unknown and during this step in the coaching process, we revisit, recalibrate, and refine goals and approaches based on observations and needs.
On Integrating Change
Your brain is hard-wired to seek homeostasis. Homeostasis means safety, comfort, and routine. When you work to change a habit, you are disrupting this very sense of safety and calm your mind strives to maintain. Your mind does all it can to maintain status quo.
The truth is, this is not a moment in your life, this is the rest of your life. I may work with you on one goal for 6 months, but the ripple effect of our time together will echo in your life for another several years, affecting other areas we did not touch upon in positive ways. This is called integration. Positive, sustainable change begets more positive, sustainable change. Are you ready to begin?
The need to change comes when you realize your habits are actually doing you long-term damage despite short-term comfort. You have arrived at a moment that demands courage: by reaching out to me you are saying "I am willing to be uncomfortable for a while, as I work on something that is very important to my future health and wellbeing". A part of the change process involves feeling lost before you feel grounded once again. That is why I am with you, right by your side.
As a health coach, I begin from a place of positivity and strength and the assumption that you are already whole and fully capable of doing this. Sustainable change cannot occur from a place of fear or negativity. We need sustenance for the journey ahead!
In our conversations, we are going to go there. This is a fun, invigorating, but sometimes daunting process. By it's very nature, change requires you to dig deep and find a new way of being. Patience with yourself, self-compassion, and curiosity about what's around the next bend in the river will serve you on this journey.
And then the moments of joy occur. You face down a fear. You discover a new skill. You make real progress towards your goal. Change that happens too fast is not sustainable - true habits happen slowly and become integrated into you daily life in a welcome manner, not by white-knuckling things.
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When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce.
― Thich Nhat Hanh