I’ve Got My Vision. What’s Next?


How best to use the vision you have created?


Close your eyes and see your creation on the horizon.  Make the image as vivid as you can.  Got it?  Great!

Beginnings can often be overwhelming.  Keeping things in perspective is key. Here are things you need to remember on your journey.

  • This is more a voyage at sea than a straight line on a clear horizon.
  • Remember the long run.
  • You are enough.
  • Celebrate your success.

A Voyage at Sea

Using the analogy of a voyage at sea can be very helpful.  It allows you to consider the way life actually happens.  The weather changes, things can get in your path, and sometimes you get blown off course. It is not a straight line to the finish line. Your vision is on the horizon, yet you will make adjustments to your course over time, whether it due to such changing circumstances as relocating to a new home, starting a business, loss of a loved one, illnesses, injuries, or financial difficulties. The state of our health is constantly changing, and readjusting our focus is a sign of success, not failure. Overall, the goal is to find the best way to care for yourself in the present moment.

The Long Run

Try to keep in mind that this image is what you desire for yourself in the long run.  Most of us have difficulty with the concept of the future.  We are conditioned to be creatures of instant gratification.  While achieving what you desire immediately may be possible in some situations, it’s important to remember many things take time. Consider also that time may include years, as well as days, weeks and months.

You are Enough

Another thing to be mindful of is that where you are at this moment is enough.  It is easy to look at our expectations and focus on the discrepancy between where we are now and where we want to be. It is best to be alert to any tendency to use this information against yourself.  I recommend celebrating your ability to see where you want to improve and taking the steps toward improvement.  Accepting and assessing your current level of satisfaction in these area is a gift, as is your ability to chart a reasonable course of change.

Celebrate Your Success

Finally, remember that celebrating your successes, no matter how small, is a powerful tool for lasting progress.  What ways of acknowledging your accomplishments are most meaningful to you?  Do you prefer private recognition or do you want to include others?  Do you need a small tangible reward?  Determining the best way to reward yourself is an essential step in the process of change.

Need one statement to sum this all up?  Try this on for size:

I maintain my stamina to negotiate this ever-changing voyage called life by acknowledging that I am enough, adjusting to current conditions, and celebrating along the way the steps I have taken.


Until next time…


Take GOOD care of yourself.




Your Vision, Part Three



How is your vision of a healthy, vibrant you coming along?  So far, we have covered the dimensions of movement, exercise, and rest, personal and professional development, your physical environment, your relationships and communication, and your mind-body connection.

As promised, I have more questions to help you expand your thoughts on nutrition and spirituality, the remaining two dimensions of your picture of health.


How has paying attention to what you eat and drink help to nourish and strengthen your body and mind?

What are your healthy eating habits?

How are you regulating such things as caffeine, alcohol, nicotine and sugar?

How are your meals appealing to all your senses?


How aware are you of your sense of purpose and what gives your life meaning?

What methods are you using to enhance your connection to your purpose and meaning of your life?

How are you strengthening  with your values and beliefs?

How are your beliefs helping you manage adversity?


Remember, this is about your ideal health. The deeper you can look into each dimension, the clearer and more complete will be your picture. Remember to let your heart guide you.

In my next post, I’ll talk about beginning to put this vision to good use.

Until next time…

Take GOOD care of yourself.



Your Vision, Part Two



What progress have you made in creating your vision of your ideal state of health?

In my last post, I gave you questions to more fully develop your picture of your overall health and two specific dimensions, your physical environment and your relationships.  

Here are some questions to expand your vision of three other dimensions of your health.


Movement, exercise, and rest

What would be your ideal amount of sleep?

What is the overall quality of sleep? (falling asleep, staying asleep, and waking up)

How are you relaxing?

How active would you like to be?

How strong would you like to be?

What type of movement do you most enjoy doing?

How often are you doing your favorite physical activities?


Mind-Body connection

How connected do you feel to your body?

How aware are you to your body’s response to stress or strong emotions?

What practices are you using to maintain and enhance the connection between your body and mind?

How does being in connection with your body help you in your daily life?

How do you recognize your need for rest?


Personal and professional development

What goals are you pursuing?

If money and time were no object, what would you love to do that would bring you a profound sense of satisfaction, joy, and purpose?

How balanced are your work and personal interests?

What dream might you like to resurrect and pursue?


Remember, this is about your ideal health. Allow yourself to perceive how you want to feel with all of your senses.  Remember to let your heart guide you.


Until next time…


Take GOOD care of yourself.


Your Vision, Part One

What is your vision of a healthy, vibrant you? How would you look and feel if you were in your best state of well-being? What would your ideal environment, both physical and social, be?

The most important words in those questions are your and you. Discovering your vision for your best state of health is very personal.  Yes, you may have recommendations from doctors or other professionals regarding changes you need to make.  You may also have expectations for yourself based on outside influences, such as loved ones or the media.  Your vision, however, is based on what you allow yourself to see as the ideal way you want to live.  

It is not unusual when I ask people about their vision, they can be very limited at first.  Often with some gentle prompting, they are able to expand and allow themselves to see more possibilities.  By giving themselves permission to widen their vision, most people are amazed by what is in their hearts. If you would like to work on expanding your vision for your ideal health, here are some questions to get you started.

The Big Picture

How would you feel in your best health?  

How would your body feel?

How would you describe your overall energy level?

Your Physical Environment

What would your surroundings be?

What kind of home and community would you be living in?

How would it feel be in your own home?

Your Relationships

How connected do you feel to other people?

What types of support are you receiving from others?

How would you describe your relationship with the people who matter most to you?

What relationships fuel you?

Start by answering these questions. In my next post, I will guide you with questions about the other dimensions of your life.  I have intentionally started with areas other than nutrition and exercise, which are often the only two parts of our health that receive our attention. You can express your vision in different ways, like writing a list, drawing a picture, collecting images that represent your vision.  Whatever way you feel is the most effective way for you to fully grasp the big picture of your ideal life. Remember to give yourself permission to listen to your heart in imagining your ideal state in all areas of your life.  This vision is for you.


Until next time…

Take GOOD care of yourself.

The Second Secret

Wouldn’t you like to enjoy your life while you were trying to make positive changes? Wouldn’t you like to escape the cycle of deprivation and over-indulgence that we often experience when trying to improve ourselves?

In my past post, I talked about two secrets to make lasting improvements in life:

  1. Begin with a deep appreciation for the wonder that is you.
  2. Enjoy the journey.

In that post, I suggested that we start with appreciation and gratitude for the amazing gift that is our body. Spend some time each day consciously being grateful for this magnificent gift. That’s the first step to lasting results.

The second secret is to develop the mindset that it’s not about the results, it’s about the journey. If we start with an appreciation for the work that our cells do each day and an awareness that we are guaranteed only this minute of life, it makes sense that making ourselves miserable today to gain a more improved future self is short-sighted.

Yes, we need discipline. Yes, we need to practice delaying gratification. We also need to be able to find joy in each and every day. Total sacrifice of the delight in daily living may get you quick results, but not lasting ones. And lasting ones are the truly healthy ones.  Putting your body on a never-ending roller coaster of cycles of extreme discipline and self-indulgence is only going to produce enough stress to override the benefits of whatever change you are trying to make.

So when you are reaching for your goals, remember that how you do it is more important than achieving the goal.

That’s how I approach personal improvement. If you can take these two secrets and make them work for you, I’m glad I could help. If living this way sounds good to you, and you need some guidance getting on this path, consider working with me. I want to make your life’s journey healthy AND happy.

Take GOOD care of yourself.