One of the key elements to being successful at anything is having the right plan. And by the right plan, I don’t mean a one-size-fits-all, paint by numbers approach. The right plan is a plan designed with a clear understanding not only of where you want to go, but also of where you are at this point in your life.
With the dawn of a new year, many of us are focused on making changes. And many of us will have fallen off the wagon by mid-February. Anyone who regularly attends a gym all year round is intimately familiar with this pattern: Sudden crowds in January shutting you out of classes you used to sign up for at the last minute, followed by things settling down back to normal levels, 6 weeks later.
Just because this is typical, it does not need to be the case for you. It all comes down to having an appropriate plan that is developed with an accurate understanding of who you are, what is happening in your life at the moment, and where you are in the process of making the change you are seeking.
Learning to assess the particular stage of change that a client is in, is a core competency I spent years teaching other health professionals in my previous role on several multidisciplinary teams. When it came down to it, all of the technical skill in the world meant little if it was not applied with recognition of the client’s readiness to make changes themselves. And the only way to know this is to be really good at listening.
Needless to say, each member of the Design Your Life Dream Team was chosen, not just for their high level of skill, but because of their dedication to providing services that are tailored to the unique needs of each individual client. Empathy, that is the ability to truly listen and respond accordingly is at the core of everything they do and is central to why they are so good at it.
Rachelle Wintzen, Certified Yoga Instructor, Holistic Nutritionist and owner of the Chi Junky Yoga and Wellness Studio, became a collaborator almost immediately after our first chance meeting at a coffee shop. Her entire business was modeled with a focus on providing each client with individual attention and helping her clients make sustainable lifestyle changes. Just a quick perusal of her bio clearly indicates that she is indeed a leader in her field.
Ben Barkworth, owner and creative director of Just B Salon and the recently opened B Side Beauty, is another superstar in our midst. I had the opportunity to sit down with Ben to get his perspective on the connection between hair and our sense of self recently, and what came out of it was another addition to the collaboration that took the entire enterprise to 11!
I chose to interview Ben for my blog post on the connection between hair and self concept, partly because of the name and motto of his salon: Be Beautiful, Be Bold, Be Brave. Just B.
We spoke for 90 minutes. To be blunt, the man blew me away. The level of sensitivity he brings to the entire enterprise of joining with someone to refine their image is so rare and special that I could not help but forget my agenda and just dive in to learning more about him and how he works. Believe it or not, his first meeting with any new client is just about getting to know him or her as a person, where they are in their lives and where they want to go (check, check and check). And so when he expressed interest in joining Rachelle and I in providing a special curated experience that would help people make a change externally that reflected the changes they wanted to make on the inside, it took this entire enterprise to 11!
And like that, The Design Your Life Dream Team was born, which was quickly followed by development of our first project: Your Best Self Master Plan for 2017.
I, that is, we look forward to working with you soon.
Dr. Stacy on behalf of the Design Your Life Dream Team