By Tamatha Bechtel, Certified Professional Life Coach, Certified Personal Trainer
I know I’m not alone in suffering from Analysis Paralysis. “Analysis paralysis” is the condition of thinking about something for so long that it never gets done. It’s one of the common themes in my life coaching practice where I’m helping over-busy women create balance in their lives.
This phenomena stems from 4 basic roots and 3 of the 4 are actually positive traits:
- Loving research
- Wanting to do it right or not do it at all
- Lacking confidence
- A creative mind that is always looking for improvement
And what’s the end result of this? That loathsome “p” word: procrastination!
Just because I’m a life coach doesn’t mean I don’t get hung up on this. But it does mean I can’t settle for it.
So I decided to put “have a good idea and act on it immediately” on my checklist of things I do every day, and I’m really getting a kick out of it. The energy of a new idea is so invigorating and acting upon it is just plain fun! In fact I might even go so far as to say it’s joyful.
Now, “have a good idea and act on it immediately” is an INTENTION, because it’s not what I usually do.
I intend to not just have good ideas that keep coming in a never-ending flow, not to just have good ideas and shelf them while they turn in to better ideas, not to just have good ideas and research the heck out of them to make sure that I’m sure that I’m sure that they are good ideas. Nope. I INTEND to have a good idea and act upon it immediately.
I put this intention to have a good idea and act on it immediately on my daily checklist and two days later I woke up at 5 am and decided our fitness studio needed a blog to let people know that we are not just your average place to work out—that there is a depth and breadth of knowledge, passion, compassion and skills that you don’t find just anywhere. I’m proud of Fit4Life Studio and the quality of instructors and members that we attract and I think it’s important that our little community of Sequim knows how much we want to share the mojo with them. We are always looking for ways to add value to their lives and in return, we also are enriched. I just love that!
So around 5:05 I sent a FB message to my awesome partners Pauline Geraci and Ryan Juel to ask them if they would be game to start a blog. I spelled out how Pauline would focus her writing on her passion of Exercise as Medicine. Ryan would focus on her passion for diet and nutrition as 85% of weight loss success. And I would focus on my passion for acknowledging your whole person- body, mind and spirit- and using that to transform and balance your life.
By the time I was done teaching my 9:15 am body sculpting class, Ryan and Pauline were at the front desk figuring out some of the technical stuff about how to get a blog up and running, and I hadn’t even seen their “yes” response yet! I couldn’t stop grinning from ear to ear.
Then, much to my surprise, Pauline sends us a link at 2:55 pm saying “done” and giving us the link to her first blog post.
Now THAT’S the POWER OF INTENTION!
Here’s another story about the power of intention that has been transformational. One of my MELTDOWN clients was starting to decline in her physical vitality rather than grow and that was disconcerting to both of us. We discovered that she had some body mechanics that were not quite right and causing her to overuse her quads. Thus she was starting to feel the uncomfortable effects of overuse.
She decided to temporarily switch her focus from fat loss to body mechanics using personal training.
She stated the INTENTION to develop top notch body mechanics so she could continue with the high intensity interval training she loves without suffering an overuse injury. We began doing just the opposite of high intensity. We were very slow and very purposefully examining her posture and movement from all angles and fine tuning her body positioning as needed—a very tedious, patient, and loving process.
She held firm to her intention and started noticing her body mechanics at home, while driving, while chatting with me after her personal training session.
Two weeks later, we progressed from this super-attentive practice to doing one set with light weights, one set with heavier weights, and one set of a body weight cardio exercise that required the same body mechanics.
Now she is more comfortable than she has been in years. She is also regaining energy and is able to continue on with her long term goal of fat loss, which was her intention a year ago. She has had great success with that, too.
She has participated in MELTDOWN 4 times and has gone from the obese category to the acceptable category to the fitness category and she now has stated her intention to go for the athletic category. She never dreamed she would learn that she loves high intensity interval training at the age of 63 when she’s never been an athlete and didn’t even like working out. Her intention and the discovery around it has transformed her life for the better for once and for all!
Now THAT’S the POWER OF INTENTION, TWICE! Once to intend to lose body fat and once to intend to be more comfortable doing it.
And what’s the ripple in the pond effect of this? She has more energy and mobility to play with her grandchildren. She has more strength and comfort to work in the garden with her husband. She is an example for the gals in her Bible study. In short, using the power of intention to transform her life is creating quality relationships, body, mind and spirit, with the people that matter most to her.
I am a firm believer that the power of intention can be used by anybody to stop procrastinating and get on with life in any area that you struggle with.
Tamatha Bechtel is known as The Body Mind and Spirit Coach who helps over-busy women bring balance to their lives and have time for the things that matter most to them. She uses the transforming power of life coaching in all the ways she passionately and purposefully helps people: life coaching, fat loss mentoring, personal training, group fitness instructing, and developing business for Fit4Life Studio in Sequim, WA. The common pursuit in all these endeavors is a joyful life with the freedom to be the uniquely wonderful person you were created to be.