Health, obesity, work, addiction, relationships – life. Does it have to be so hard? Is it possible for life to be easier than this?
After being laid off three times, divorced, struggling with debt, illness, obesity and addiction, I began a quest for an easier way and to help others struggling with similar circumstances overcome adversity and thrive through change.
In my book, Does Change have to be so H.A.R.D.? I write, “Hard or easy, it’s how you think about it.” Through my years of experience as a psychiatric nurse and personal coach as well as my own hardships and triumphs, I discovered that there is an easier way to approach change.
People facing seismic changes in their life have the power to change things for the better but often hide behind a wall of fear, self-doubt and negative mental conditioning. In order to change something in your life – be it weight loss, overcome an addiction, improve a relationship, experience happiness at work – you must bring down that wall to release your power and take charge. Once you start believing in your ability to change, you can create powerful, positive habits that allow you to be fully who you are and enjoy your body, work and relationships.
In my book, I use the acronym H.A.R.D. to explain why change is so difficult: people find themselves enslaved by Habits, Attachments, Resistance and Discouragement. In the end, they often lose the fight. This is why 40-70% of marriages fail, 50-90% of people relapse from addictions and 95% of people who lose weight regain it and then some.
In the quest for an easier way, I present eight simple strategies for making a change without struggle or stress:
1. Commit to change.
2. Envision a better future.
3. Develop the characteristics you need to succeed.
4. Create an environment to support the change.
5. Take action.
6. Celebrate your success along the way.
7. Laugh and enjoy the journey.
8. Adopt empowering beliefs.
Follow this path to become a master of change – overcome the fear, let go of the past and enjoy this life experience. Change is not the enemy; fear is. Not changing is often very painful and can impact your health as well as your happiness and life satisfaction. It’s time to change how you think about change. Your life depends on it.I am a recognized expert in Personal Development and named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in the field. I have authored several books including Does Change have to be so H.A.R.D.? and The Journey Called YOU: A Roadmap to Self-Discovery and Acceptance as well as hundreds of articles published worldwide. I publishe an electronic newsletter and I blog regularly. You can access these and much more on my website www.NurturingYourSuccess.com.
Today, I enjoy a great life with my husband, Lou, son Josh, stepson Jael and our five cats.
For more information about me or to hire me as your coach or to speak at your next event, visit my website www.NurturingYourSuccess.com.
Since 2001, I have coached individuals through some big changes in their life. Divorce, weight loss or health changes, even addiction. There are times when we need that confidant, a close advisor and coach to see us through. If you want to explore the possibility of hiring me to help you through change, contact me through my website - http://www.NurturingYourSuccess.com/explore-coaching - to arrange a complimentary 30-minute coaching session (a $100 value).
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"You are the most important person in your life. Without you, what do you have?"
"Time is more precious than gold. It cannot be bought or saved. And although many people try, you cannot rush through time to get more of it; you just lose it faster."
"Do unto yourself as you would do unto others."
"You cannot hold onto anger and practice self-love. It doesn’t work."
"Living in the past makes the present go away."
"You cannot look at someone’s exterior and know what is going on inside."
"You can succeed at survival, but is survival success?"
"You teach others how you want to be treated by how you treat yourself."
"We cannot separate our external reality from our internal reality and expect to live excellent lives."
"There is no path to joy when living in fear."
"Happiness is an inside job."
The best way to learn about my work is to visit my website www.NurturingYourSuccess.com.