Hola! As promised, I wanted to tell you a little about my trip to Santa Monica last week. I got the chance to do some awesome biz-ness development with my mentor, Marie Forleo, Josh Pais, Laura Roeder, and 20 goddess entrepreneurs. I tell you, these women are doing amazing things with their businesses and lives. Even though the group consists of writers, doctors, consultants, social media and tech whizzes, a financial expert, a teacher, designers, fitness and wellness gurus, it was so powerful to get input and strategic advice for my health coaching business. Having not one but twenty heads (pretty ones at that) helping to solve a problem, come up with solutions, brainstorming ideas, etc… is mind-blowing. AND the accountability is huge! We all went away with goals we need to accomplish by a certain date and accountability groups to keep each other on track.
Cooperation and collaboration are musts in the business world. These skills can be also be used to obtain health goals. Cooperation is when you work together with someone else for support and knowledge, but you are mainly working on your own project. Collaboration is when you are actually working on a team to produce a product together.
Right now many of you are trying to create or maintain a healthy eating and exercise routine after declaring resolutions in January and heading into spring. AND let’s not forget bikini season is just around the corner.
Create a team in order to stay healthy during the spring season and get ready for summer.
If you plan on cooperating then you merely need to announce your intentions to everyone you know. For example, “I am going to exercise for 1 hour, 4 times a week and reduce my intake of white sugar products to 3 times a week.” Then allow those around you to help you stay accountable and offer their advice during difficult situations. Or find an expert to help guide you like a health coach (wink, wink:).
If you plan on collaborating then you may want to get one or more people involved and create a communal goal.
Here are 7 steps to get your “group on” and collaborate with others in order to kick your health goals into gear.
1. Find one or more peeps that are committed. They need to be dependable and want to get healthy and fit.
2. Pick a period of time that you are going to work together. 3 months is a good start. Pick a start and end date and go for it.
3. Determine a celebration that all of you can look forwarrd to after the 3 months of sticking to your goals.
4. Create rules. Each team member may decide to pick out her own routine or you may decide to do the same routine together. Either way, you will create rules for how you are going to stay accountable to your routine and what happens when you don’t. An idea is to have monetary consequences to the person who doesn’t stick to her promise. Doesn’t have to break the bank, but maybe the kitty can be spent on the final celebration.
5. Find a set time to check in every week. Either by phone or email. They team should report how they did the past week and what the plan is for the upcoming week. There are various ways to do this such as three way calling or setting up a conference call, or just catching up during a run or workout.
6. Create periodic rewards for the group. It could be a home-cooked potluck or a shopping trip. The main key is to make it a bonding experience that the whole team can enjoy. Keep it healthy, too.
7. Get closer to your friends and enjoy a healthier YOU!
Do you have a workout partner? Are you training for a race with a team? Planning healthy meals with a friend? Let me know how you get your “group on” by responding below. I would love it!
AND by the way, if you haven’t joined the Whole Health Designs community group on Facebook, please do!