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Dr. Lisa Leit: Why a Transformative Approach Matters

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When we think of transformative goals, we think of adapting, changing, and growing in order to achieve a desired result. When we set a goal, we are in the process of redesigning ourselves, but why does this matter? Dr. Lisa Leit, PhD, MCC, founder of the Happy Whole Human (HWH) program, is an expert in the subject of transformative goals. Dr. Leit explains, “Here’s how transformative goals work: transformative goals focus on whole person improvement and energizing evolution.”

When working towards goals that will improve our life for the long term, we have to start developing healthy relationships with our objectives. Dr. Leit explains, “Many people complain about losing weight and gaining it back over and over again. That’s because losing weight is not a transformative goal. Wanting to change your mindset in order to improve your health behaviors is a transformative goal.” So, setting a goal to be confident regardless of one’s appearance will actually be more conducive to losing weight than setting a goal to lose weight. 

Dr. Leit continues, “Past traumas can lead to physical discomfort. This is why transformation requires a certain amount of somatic work. Instead of relying on willpower alone, we have to befriend our feelings and emotions. We examine them and then use them as a map to guide us in the direction of our goals. The good news is that our body wants to be healthy! We just need to understand what might be keeping it stuck in problematic habits.” Dr. Leit explains, “Most of us don’t want don’t want to relive our past, but every time we attempt to make a change, feelings from our past can resurface and keep us from moving into new possibilities.” After discovering a systematic approach to helping clients and getting results, Dr. Leit knew she had to find a way to help people on a larger scale.

Choosing a holistic approach

This is why transformative goals matter, and this is why I created the Happy Whole Human (HWH) program. At HWH our coaches will work with you to examine feelings from your past in a safe and productive way. Dr. Leit explains, “Everytime we decide to run from our feelings, we are subconsciously deciding that we are not ready to actually move forward with our goals. Your goal is whatever you believe your higher purpose is. To get to your higher purpose, you have to evolve, and you have to transform.”

Dr. Leit offers another example, “Let’s say you are dealing with guilt from a past relationship. You just can’t get over the idea that someone you care about is hurt and that you’re the cause of their pain. Now, let me establish this, all emotions serve a purpose. What do you think the purpose of guilt is? The purpose of guilt is not for you to continuously feel bad. This doesn’t even make sense biologically. Humans are meant to thrive, not to feel the same emotion over and over again and remain stuck. We learn from the guilt that we feel that we are empathetic and that we have made a mistake. We then use this information to further our own transformation.” Dr. Leit summarizes, “Emotions we label as negative can actually be very informative. In fact, they can actually be used to make positive changes.”  Choosing to examine our feelings gets to the root of our behaviors and can help us create goals that will be transformative. 

28 key dimensions of happiness

The Happy Whole Human (HWH) program transformation begins with a 15-minute, online self-assessment. Based on doctoral research and work with thousands of clients, this assessment is designed to identify and address both the 28 key dimensions of happiness and the hidden risk factors to health. Dr. Liet emphasizes, “There are various factors and beliefs that will prevent an individual from reaching their goals. The difference between the HWH approach and traditional counseling or therapy is that this program is designed to energize evolution by focusing on achieving transformative goals.” Dr. Leit continues, “People tend to go into traditional talk therapy with the expectation that if they do this their lives will get better, but then realize it’s not enough to just talk about the past. The emotional energy and limiting narratives have to be processed and liberated for people to be empowered and have true wellness.” Dr. Leit elaborates, “These feelings or insights that surface related to past experiences have to be honored and used to inform the future pathways. Deep down we already know what we want and what we don’t want. We just need to examine our thoughts and beliefs and actually use this information to come to our own realizations, so we can clear a path towards measurable goals that will enable lasting change.”

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