Mid-September is a critical time in the school diary in Spain, and while as adults most of us don't go "back to school" it feels inherently like a good time to take stock, re-evaluate where we are and if we don't feel entirely happy with what we've got in our day-to-day lives, plan changes in our lifestyle and routines to reflect a better "us".
We usually greet these endeavours with enthusiasm and intent, but often find it hard to commit in the long-term. One of the most important areas to focus on is the language we use to communicate the changes we're making in our lives. In a recent coaching session, I encouraged my client to reflect her new exercise programme as something already established in her routine, despite the fact that she'd only recently started working out. So instead of saying "I've been to the gym three times this week and I hope I can keep it up" if we say "Because I go to the gym three times a week I feel healthier and fitter, and find I can do my job more effectively than before". By visualising our exercise regime as something that's in place, happening and part of our lives, it becomes much more feasible to keep it going.