• If your heart could speak, what would it say about your goal of losing 10 pounds?

  • What does your heart want your mind and body to understand about this process of losing 10 pounds?

  • What would it take for your heart to say “yes” to the goal of losing 10 pounds?

Repeat the interview process for your mind and your body, being careful to let each voice be fully heard before moving on. Finally, create a plan for achieving your goal that incorporates the needs and desires of all the players on your inner team. For example, if your heart doesn’t want the process to feel like torture, then create an exercise program that’s based more on having fun than on counting calories. In a similar way, if your mind needs to see measurable progress, then agree to keep a written record of what you eat, or of your weight each week. And if your body is telling you it needs to take it slow, then design a plan that moves slowly so as not to overtax your system.

When considering any goal, of course, you must be careful to listen for and heed the voice of God’s Spirit, first and foremost, above all the other “voices” within you. But with His Spirit supporting you and with your heart, mind and body in alignment around your goal, you will succeed.


Michael D. Warden is a Professional Co-Active Coach, nationally trained through the  Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, CA, and a member of the  International Coach Federation. Michael’s clients’ one common trait is their passion to live a bigger life — to discover what they're here for, and boldly go after that vision with confidence and authenticity. Find more on his life and work at www.michaelwarden.com.