You decided that you want to improve X in your life. First of all, well done on making a mindful decision to better yourself! But now you don’t know where to turn next. Making changes to your lifestyle can be extremely daunting. There is an overwhelming amount of information and misinformation on the internet often with conflicting messages, DO THIS, DON’T DO THAT, HAVE MORE OF THIS, HAVE LESS OF THAT… it can drive even the calmest of people into a frenzy.
Whatever change you wish to implement, or goal that you aspire to achieve, the best approach is decisive, incremental, steady, and conscious. It’s like being faced with a giant project at work with a tight deadline, if we all looked at the mountain ahead of us without stepping back to collect information, strategize, prepare, reflect and THINK, nothing would every get done.
This philosophy can and should be utilized with life changes as well. Think of it as working towards formulating your Life Plan …. I want more free time to do this, I want my career to take that direction, I want to eat better, exercise more… By breaking down your targets into small manageable tasks, it converts the impossible into attainable.
One of the best tools you can use to help strategize your thoughts, goals and plan is through a SWOT analysis. Typically, this is applied in a business setting for strategizing projects and potential ventures, but it can be an extremely powerful and effective for life decisions. Women are very visual and conceptual and this forces self-reflection which is often overlooked when trying to determine how and what.
PERSONAL SWOT - EXAMPLE
With this example, a possible solution would be to plan meals on the weekend when this person has time, make a shopping list and purchase the food through an online grocery store and schedule it to be delivered Sunday afternoon so there is time to prep for the week ahead. By inviting a friend around or doing it with a family, it instantly becomes a more enjoyable and social affair.
Being able to identify these issues is the best way to address the challenge and find solutions. Be honest with yourself, stick with it, stay positive and don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself along the way!