Have you ever said to yourself, “I need to eat healthier next week” or made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight? Were you able to stick with it for more than a week or a month? Do you know generally what to do, but doing it AND doing it consistently trips you up?
We have proven that healthy choices can be sustainable for years.
Use these 5 steps to help you reach your goals
From fresh starts and strong goal setting to extra accountability if needed, you will support your health goals in a sustainable way, maybe this time – forever.
Step 1: Write Down your Goals:
Just write it down. When you write your goals, you’re forcing yourself to be clear about what you want to achieve instead of beating around the bush. Just by writing down your goal, it starts to look realistic and achievable. And keeping these goals written down in a place that’s visible to you all the time, in a way reminds you of the bigger picture.
Step 2: Aim for SMART Goals:
Specific- Frame definite goals. Don’t generalize them so that you don’t lose track due to the lack of clarity.
Measurable- Assign precise amount, date or anything which will help you measure your degree of success.
Attainable- Decide realistic goals which will be achievable. If you get a goal you don’t believe is feasible, it will only demoralize you.
Relevant- Set goals which are relevant to you. There is no use to set a goal which doesn’t help in your development.
Time-bound- Keep a deadline for your goals. It will keep you organized, and the sense of urgency will help you achieve them quicker.
Step 3:Create an Executable Plan:
When we’re planning our goals, most of us, fall prey to worrying about the outcome. Instead of that, if we just focused on how would go about achieving things, life would’ve been a lot simpler and accomplishments a lot more accessible.
You can start off by having a one-page plan to understand how you would like to achieve your goals. Write down individual steps and keep a check on your progress. Don’t complicate these steps as a simple plan is always easier to follow.
Step 4: Keep Motivating Yourself:
Research indicates that sharing your goals with a person close to you can increase the chances of you achieving your goal. Crazy as it sounds, it’s the truth. You see, goal setting is not a one-time activity. It is an ongoing process. You need to keep yourself motivated so that you don’t stop until you reach the desired result
Step 5: Celebrate your Achievements:
The world’s most successful people agree that what you ‘get’ by achieving your goal/s is not as important as what you become in the process. Unless you appreciate your efforts you may not be motivated to set another goal. Success can not be achieved overnight. It requires constant effort. But if you don’t succeed exactly what you thought of, you will definitely progress.