My goal for Count Me Healthy Bracelets, as well as this blog, is to inspire women who care about being their best selves. One of the most authentic ways to do this is to incorporate guest bloggers who specialize in different areas of motivational expertise. Author and self-development expert Kimberly Novosel, shares one of her best-life tips for a healthy 2014. – CC
Coach Before/Mama After by Kimberly Novosel
It’s a new year, and we’re all feeling really inspired and ready to do everything right this time around, aren’t we?! Whether you’re already afraid of the lofty goals you’ve set or it hasn’t occurred to you yet that some days you may fall short, that is the reality. Even living our best lives is still imperfect, and all of us – especially us powerful and ambitious women – surely can’t do it all and do it all exactly the way we want to all the time.
So, how do we remain ambitious and optimistic about what we hope to do and become without berating ourselves when a flaw or road block surfaces? The answer is what I like to call the “Coach Before/Mama After” attitude. When you’re facing a big goal – a challenging project at work, fitting in 6 days a week at spin class, training for your first half-marathon, meal planning for the week, spending more time with loved ones – be your own coach beforehand. Be hard on yourself. Demand everything you’ve got to give. Then when the inevitable occasional failures happen, you treat yourself like the mama afterward and be kind, gentle, and forgiving to yourself. It doesn’t benefit you to beat yourself up over something that can’t be changed. Self-love here will help to nurse your wounds, and then you can go back to coaching yourself for the next goal.
I’d love to hear some of your goals for 2014! Please share in the comments below. I’ll pick one commenter to receive a free self-development consultation with me! Cheers to an incredible year. xo Kimberly
Kimberly’s first book Loved, a novel focusing on self-development, was published last fall. She’s also the owner of development company KMNcreative and cofounder of Nashville Press, a magazine launching later this year. We met through a mutual friend years ago, when Kimberly was styling country stars for The CMT Awards and Nashville Star. I love what she stands for and am really looking forward to her sharing her insight.