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staying young | NEW YOU seven steps How to obtain a more satisfying life... define balance

Make a pie chart of your life. Divide the chart into five

areas: My Kids, My Personal Relationships/Marriage, My Friends/Social, My Health

(include diet and exercise here), and My Work/Volunteerism. Rate the amount of energy

and attention you give to each category. This should be an

honest assessment of what your life looks like, not your ideal. Now make a second chart and identify what balance would look like in your life.

commit to action Put your plan on the calendar. If

one of the changes you are trying to make is to go out once a week with your husband, write it in.

Stick to your calendar. Unless it is an absolute emergency, don’t

cancel your plans. You wouldn’t just scratch your son’s soccer

game off the calendar, and you shouldn’t scratch off your date night either.

friends motivation be honest

Compare charts to see where you need change. Only change what you truly want to change—and be honest about your motives. If you don’t want to give up the

time to volunteer at your child’s school—don’t. If you do want to volunteer, but only because you want to look good in front of your peers ... admit it, even if it

is only to yourself. Knowing the “what” and the “why” will help

you determine its importance to your life.

plan b

“Life often gets in the way,” says Moore. “You will be more

action plan

Now that you know what you want—go for it. But first, set

up a plan of action. “We set our kids up to win,” says Moore,

“but we don’t set ourselves up to. To succeed, you need an action plan.” Moore adds that

instead of saying “I’m going to lose 10 pounds in six months,” you should figure out what it will take to realistically reach that goal. Be specific. Ask yourself, how am I going to

measure success, stay motivated, and hold myself accountable?

“Write your action plan down,” says Moore. “People who write their goals down tend to have better follow-through.”

be forgiving

If you said you’d work out two days a week and you missed a

week or find that you ate a few too many appetizers at the party the night before, don’t get mad at

yourself. Minimize the loss, says Moore. “Cut yourself a break and get back to it tomorrow. Also,

when you have successes, don’t forget to cheer for yourself like

you would cheer for your kids.” 46 issue 1, 2014 midwest health+wellness awrite anction plan

successful if you are prepared for those intrusions.” So, if a sick kid is preventing you from going to your walking club, don’t give up

... figure out your plan B. Maybe you could workout from home.


To become a true self motivator, you need to identify areas in your life where you have been

successful and ask yourself “what motivated you to accomplish

that, to have the follow-through necessary?” Once you figure out what motivated you in that area, you can use the same thing to

motivate yourself in other areas. If you can’t stay motivated on

your own, find someone with like goals and motivate each other.


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