- We’ve set goals and established an action plan;
- We have started implementing our action plan;
- We’re enjoying what we’re doing;
- We’ve come to grips with the fact that results will take time and we are looking to develop a lifestyle which supports the goals that we’ve set.
- We’re striving for improvement… becoming “better”;
- We value rest and relaxation and see that this is an important part of our action plan/ lifestyle.
There’s a lot of “we have’s” in that list. WE are trying OUR best to achieve OUR goals.
As a male using road trip analogies it’s tough to write this… but there comes a time when you just need to have the strength, courage and wisdom to ask for help.
Perhaps it’s reaffirmation that what you’re doing is “right”. Maybe it’s a gentle nudge to get you (re)started/ motivated towards your goal. It could be a bit of supervision to ensure that you’re going about it safely or maybe just a few tips and some encouragement along the way. Maybe it’s a professional, maybe a “support group” of sorts, maybe just a friend… the important thing is that it truly is HELP!
Far too often we think that we are getting help or sound advice, but we become even more lost because the information provided either contradicts our plan of action or is just so plentiful that we don’t know which way to go (I find the latter is often the case with online “stuff” – forums, support groups, searching for info). Is it honest-to-goodness sound advice, or is it just someone’s opinion or personal bias?
So even as we seek out help we have to be cautious!
1. Do a bit of homework on where this guidance is coming from (I’m not suggesting that you should run a criminal background or contact the Better Business Bureau);
2. Look for a source with some notable credentials and references;
3. Look for a proven track record (has this source helped others like you);
4. Ensure that the source you choose to work with can truly help you achieve your goals – are they committed to helping you?;
5. If you’re seeking out a professional, can you work with them? You are establishing somewhat of a trusting relationship with them by entrusting them with your health, well-being and in some cases money.
6. Minimize your "input streams". Pick 2 or 3 sources of information and focus on these. Too many people/ websites all giving slightly different (or dramatically different) snippets of wisdom becomes confusing.