David Cooke, DMA Executive Coach, five tips on a healthier outlook

Five Tips on a Healthier Outlook 17/08/2014

“If I can’t manage my own body and beliefs, how can I expect myself to manage other aspects of my life?”

As an Executive Coach I am fortunate to be trained in and able to facilitate professional and personal development to the point of individual growth, improved performance and creating states of contentment for individuals. Contentment is a journey that almost always inevitably begins with elements of discomfort for the individual.

Facilitating self-awareness in professional and personal settings to create positive sustainable behavior change is extremely rewarding for the Coach and can be life altering for the Coachee.

Some tips on how to ensure you are projecting a healthy outlook both on an emotional and physical level: 1. Never compromise YOUR belief structure

As the saying goes, if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything and generally short of your desired outcome every time! Have a common vision for yourself - document it, believe in it and attach accountability/ownership to it. You will move in a positive direction. Beliefs are the building blocks that make good things happen to people.

2. Perfect YOUR inner profile

If you’re going to compete in today’s social climate and be the best, you have to push yourself to gain recognition. Ask yourself what you may need to sacrifice during this process? It is not enough to stare up the steps – we must step up the stairs! Achievement is a step-by-step and layered process. Does your current physical and/or inner emotional state allow you to achieve?

3. Know when YOU need to change

Adaptation is not allowing yourself to give in to circumstance; it’s allowing those circumstances to provide you with success! Don’t wage a war on yourself - seek guidance and surround yourself with the right people - advisers/family/friends/colleagues that share your vision and can assist you to change!

4. Create YOUR own positive and sustainable behaviour change

Consistency is not behaving the same way all the time; it is behaving the same way in similar circumstances! Be prepared for life; be accountable for your life; own the changes you want! Behavior is controlled by the stimulus or response it receives – So why not catch yourself behaving right with a balanced perspective more regularly. Reward yourself and then repeat it!

5. An oldie, but a goodie - walk YOUR talk

Authenticity bridges the gap between what we say and what we do. Make a choice to reset old and tired belief structures and start to strive towards how you want success defined moving forward. Contrary to popular belief, the human brain is ready and wired for change. Neuroplasticity is a fancy way of saying that our brains can change. We are not victims of our neurons, genes or past environments. We are empowered creators of our mental states. We can always create new and positive neural pathways that match want we want in this moment of time and beyond! As we train our physical state – the body, we equally must train our emotional and intellectual state - the brain! Take the necessary steps today to be a better you! Believe in yourself – manage your body; manage your beliefs. Take action to be a better and healthier you!

David Cooke Executive Coach - Dental Members Australia