Is The Person You See in The Mirror Really You?
Guest Post by Heart and Soul Health Coach Mike Fenton
When you look in the mirror do you see the person you really are? Or do you say to yourself, I am only a shadow of what I once was, or what I could be? Many times what we feel on the inside does not mirror what we look like on the outside. On the inside we have this energy and drive, but on the outside we do not display that to ourselves or to others.
We can still be the person we once were and/or the person we envision ourselves to be. William James (US Pragmatist philosopher & psychologist 1842 – 1910) once said “Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives”. It is never too late to change, if you are unhappy with where you currently are at make plans to change things.
Ask yourself, what is it I want to change? Is it my diet, making some form of physical activity a part of my daily life, getting better sleep, having a better relationship with God, a new career…etc. the list goes on and on.
Once you have decided what changes you want to make set smart goals. Smart goals are:
S (specific) – Goals should be simplistically written and clearly define what you are going to do.
M (measurable) – Goals should be measurable so that you have tangible evidence that you have accomplished the goal.
A (achievable) – Goals should be achievable; they should stretch you slightly so you feel challenged, but defined well enough so that you can achieve them.
R (results-focused) – Goals should measure outcomes, not activities.
T (time-bound) – Goals should be linked to a time frame that creates a practical sense of urgency, or results in tension between the current reality and the vision of the goal.
After you have set your smart goals now set a date to begin your journey to a “new you” and stick to it. Before long the person you see in the mirror will be the person you really are.
“Change your thoughts and you change your world”.
-Norman Vincent Peale (1898 – 1993)
Mike is a certified health coach who inspires, empowers & helps people create desired lifestyle changes that will give them healthier alternatives to prescription medications. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free health breakthrough session today.