Your wellness vision should be a B.H.A.G: a big, hairy, and audacious goal!
In the coaching world, we call this a "wellness vision." A wellness vision is representative of who you are and what you are doing at your ideal state of health. Write one today! It is a simple exercise that will quickly become a treasured piece and reflective tool.
Let's get to it...
A few helpful tips to write a highly-effective, personal call to action (wellness vision):
- First, think higher-level motivation. Instead of saying, "my goal is to exercise and lose weight," which is sensible, write the real reason you want to lose weight, which is why you exercise: "I exercise regularly because I am a passionate traveler." Ah! You see weight-status as a potential hindrance to your health and your ability to travel, which you are passionate about. It is your true motivator to exercise and lose weight. That's higher-level thinking!
- Write your wellness vision in present tense, as though you have already achieved its components. Instead of saying, "my goal is to exercise, so I can travel more," you write "I am" statements. For example, "I exercise regularly because I am a passionate traveler." This is effective because you escape your perception of distance to your goal. Distance to goal completion can intimidate even courageous thinkers. You'll have time later to strategically plan. So, in this case, this person may be overweight to the point where more than once, their weight has been a hindrance to their ability to travel in the ways they desire. Your wellness vision should be a B.H.A.G., a "big, hairy, audacious goal!"
- Include mind, body, and spirit components to your wellness vision statement. So, continuing with our example, we may add "I am healthy, happy, and balanced. I exercise regularly because I am a passionate traveler. I enjoy nourishing my body with whole foods. I date my spouse. I take time to listen to my children. I serve my church and my community."
You're done! You're wellness vision statement can be as short or as long as you'd like it to be; it is yours!
For those who are visual like myself, you can supplement your statement with a vision board and put it in a location that you feel will serve you best. For some, it may be the refrigerator door. For others, it may be the office. Regardless whether you put it in a place of existing inspiration, or a place of troublesome temptation, each would be effective because your vision board is meant to propel you to make decisions toward your best self. Here is an example of a vision board that is personally inspiring to me.
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