I love learning, I know weird! If only I had this passion when I was at school. Not that I didn’t do well, but everything seemed like such a chore then. But I really enjoy learning, reading, researching and making action plans, systems and working out how to make things happen.
2017 has been all about learning new stuff for me. The biggest course I’m tackling at the moment is all about the neuroscientific approach to transformation coaching and is a 12-18 month course devoted to how our brains work, learn and change.
Another is a shorter one about habit change and I’ve just finished 2 nutrition courses; one 12 month one about the coaching of nutrition and a 6 month one to improve my actual nutrition skills so that I know the advice I give for transformation and general health improvment is accurate and up to date.
I’ve just started a new course about Metabolic Syndrome and the implications to our health and what I can help people do about it. This course sets me in good stead with the latest research and to work in conjunction with other health professionsals to help manage conditions such as metabolic syndrome and the accompanying issues such as diabetes, heart disease etc.
One thing I’m learning right now (which I guess I already knew but didn’t think was as important as it is) is that we all learn and are able to change habits (or not) in different ways.
Have you ever looked at something and thought:
- I’m not even going to try that, I know it won’t work
- I’m hopeless, I’ll never stick with it
- I already know all that, I just don’t do it
- That will never work, I’ve tried it before. I need something different
- They just don’t get it. My situation is different so it won’t work for me
I’ve restructured the way I deliver my challenges and programs over the past 12 months too. I’m taking a more habit-based approach, so while I deliver the content in one big hit at the start, during the challenge, I focus on one thing at a time with education and really getting participants to focus.
You can work out how you best learn and apply change by answering the following questions true or false.
- When setting resolutions, I easily keep them even if only I know about them
- I need to tell the world what I’m going to do to be accountable
- I’m really good at sticking with something if someone else is holding me accountable
- I need to know the whys in order to make changes and will ask heaps of questions before I can convince myself to follow a plan
- If someone tells me to do something or expects me to do something, I’m not likely to do it
- I need everything set out in absolute detail for me to stick with it
- I don’t want the details, just the steps. Just tell me what to do, I’m not interested in why
- I easily make time for myself and keep promises to myself always
- I keep promises to others, but not always to myself
The answers to these questions can help you to determine how much detail you need, whether you need a coach or buddy to work with, whether you should announce your intentions to everyone, or whether you’re best when working on your own and doing stuff by yourself. Or some kind of combo of all of the above.
Depending on how you learn and how you make changes, your journey through some of my programs and challenges will be slightly different to other peoples’ too.
I know from experience that some people can just drop and change everything at once and this works best for them. They easily follow a plan to the ‘t’ with barely any side tracking or second guessing.
Others need to make the tiniest changes one at a time to avoid overwhelm. They need to slowly make progress.
Others need to work in groups or be accountable to a coach and their peers in order to stick with it.
Others want to keep it all to themselves, not to surprise people at the end, but because they’re busy researching, asking questions, analysing and assessing everything before deciding if it’s right for them.
And then there is everyone in between.
Of course, the answers to these questions don’t change the fact that you actually have to make changes to see results. So even if you like to work privately or you need to know all the ins and outs to get going, you still actually need to get going before anything will happen.
So as we head towards the end of another year – yes already, its’ not that far away, make sure you take stock of what you are going to achieve in the next few months and beyond. And then take action.
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