7 Steps to Making Change

When it comes to making changes in your life, the topic of vulnerability rings loud and clear. I recently shared with a friend what it’s like being a GirlBoss and running my own company/companies.  I laughed when I said “I know people think entrepreneurs choose to be entrepreneurs,  That isn’t true.  Entrepreneurs are born to do what they do.  I just couldn’t do it any other way.”

It’s true.  I’ve tried.  I am completely settled in the fact that I have a lot of ideas and a drive to share them.  I genuinely love supporting people to be well and finding new and innovative ways to have that happen for my clients and readers/subscribers…and for myself.

It just makes sense.  I’m not going to say it doesn’t leave me worried, realizing it’s all in my hands. When you work for yourself, it’s all up to you, you know?

That is one vulnerable pill to swallow.

I like to say that how you do one thing is how you do everything and, everyone is living their version of the same lessons and learning.  We all have that level of sole responsibility, like an entrepreneur, in some area of our lives.  The area that I’m here to shed light on and encourage you to accept and work at is your health.

You can listen to and learn and read about and talk about wellness, taking care, preventative medicine and fitness all that you want.

At the end of the day YOU have to apply what you know about taking care of yourself and actually DO IT!

Enter anxious responsible feeling…and, therefrom, vulnerability.

Brene Brown does an amazing Ted Talk on the Power of Vulnerability.  It’s an inspiring account of how powerful and connected we get to be if we are vulnerable.

Then there’s practically applying that info.

So, what does being powerfully vulnerable look like?


For your health…

  1. Sit down and look at how little or how much time and attention you give to how you feed yourself, how much sleep and exercise you get, how often you visit a doctor, healer, specialist or counselor for those things that aren’t feeling great.

2. Acknowledge the things you put aside.
Maybe it’s running out the door and grabbing a croissant at the bodega instead of having a nice home cooked, planned and healthy breakfast (come on, own up, how often is there a vegetable on your morning plate?  Even more realistically, how often is there a plate vs food in hand on the go).

Maybe its that backache you just chock up to age that could actually be a sign of injury or ailment.

Maybe its the tension you’re letting be present because you just refuse to confront an issue with a loved one.

3. Be honest with yourself about what you need to change in order to take better care of yourself.

4. Promise yourself you will.

5. Schedule an easy step to take to start.

6. Take that step.

7. Get support if you have trouble keeping your promises.

For help with #7, email me hello@theharvestmethod.com or click here to book a call.

Rachel Harvest is a registered dietitian, certified dietitian-nutritionist and behavioral health coach, based in Brooklyn and serving clients nationwide via tele-coaching, HIPAA compliant video appointment and virtual programs. She has a masters of clinical nutrition from New York University. Rachel specializes in behavioral health, disordered eating, weight loss, clean eating, GI, oncology and pediatric nutrition. Follow her on Twitter @harvest_method Instagram @theharvestmethod and via her newsletter at theharvestmethod.com.