This is a great time to talk about the coming New Year, and how to start it out on the right foot.
2012 is just 5 days away. And before you jump into the new year with all sorts of thoughts about resolutions and changes you want to make, it's important to first take time to reflect on the year that has passed.
As the New Year approaches, we often find ourselves thinking about all the things we didn't accomplish the prior year, and we vow to accomplish them next year. Few of us take the time to reflect on the past year and look at our successes and the experiences that we have learned from.
So here's a coaching exercise that will help you reflect on what's really important to you, and create meaningful intentions for 2012. It is this kind of self-awareness that ultimately leads to action in the areas of your life that are most important to you.
To do this coaching exercise, set aside 15-30 minutes to think about, write about, or talk about your answers to the following questions:
Looking back on 2011...
- What were your successes?
- What did you do or accomplish that you haven't given yourself credit for?
- What unrealistic expectations did you hold yourself to?
- What one thing would you do over, if given the opportunity?
- What lessons did you learn from that experience?
Looking forward in 2012...
- What one goal did you want to accomplish in 2011 that you weren't able to?
- Why was this goal important to you?
- What got in your way of achieving this goal?
- What are you willing to do differently to accomplish this goal in the future?
Looking at yourself...
- Who are the people that you are most grateful for?
- Which of your strengths and skills are you most grateful for?
- What is your best quality?
- How will you use these strengths, skills, and qualities to help you move forward in the coming year?
Would you like to share what comes up for you in this coaching exercise? If so, please feel free to post your thoughts and reflections in the comments below!
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January 24-25, 2012 | 7-9pm EST both nights | ONLINE!
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Join us from the comfort of your own home or office (or access the presentation later if you can't attend live) to:
- Understand the complex relationship between your eating habits and your ADHD
- Get over the shame and self-judgment that so many people with ADHD have around food, weight, and body image
- Learn why people with ADHD are more susceptible to developing an eating disorder like obesity or compulsive overeating
- Find out how different emotions-from anxiety to anger to happiness-can trigger an unhealthy relationship with food
- Learn how to stock your house with foods that will make meal prep easier
- Learn how to be mindful about eating (we'll be doing an exercise on this during the seminar!)
- Find out what to eat for breakfast, and how to choose healthier snacks
- Learn how to monitor your food with ADHD-friendly ways to keep track of what you eat (and why this is so important for success!)
- Discover how to avoid becoming obsessed with food
- Learn how to set realistic health and weight loss goals
- Find out why you shouldn't give up when you reach a weight-loss plateau
- Learn how to make big positive changes in your eating habits by starting with very small steps
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I'm super excited to be offering this seminar because I'm one of these people who has struggled with weight management, and I know many of you out there will be super excited about it, too!
Happy New Year!!!
See You in 2012...