We’re getting closer to the end of the year and it’s time to think about New Year’s resolutions. Do New Year’s resolutions really work, though? Looking back, how many times have you actually succeeded in achieving your goals? In my experience, I’ve learned a few things about what actually works. Here are 5 ways to achieve your health goals:
1. Get Motivated
We often set goals based on what we think we should do, rather than what we actually want to do. So first of all, make sure those goals are your goals. Investigate the reasons why you want to create those goals and investigate what drives you to achieve them.
Let's say your goal is to eat in a healthier way. Is it because you want to lose weight?? Feel more energetic and productive? More balanced?
Think about what makes you feel at your best, envision yourself in that state and use your vision to keep yourself motivated so you can get to the finish line.
2. Create Realistic Goals
I know it feels good to aim high and it’s important to have a vision in terms of what you want to achieve long-term, but short-term, your goals should be realistic and attainable.
If your goal is to start exercising more regularly, don’t start with going to the gym 5 times a week. Although it’s not impossible to achieve that, it would entail changing your lifestyle in a way that may not be sustainable and you’re more likely to give up on your goal if it doesn’t become a routine in your life. The fear of failure may hinder your future chances to achieve that goal, too.
Start small and feel good about your progress so you can keep moving forward.
3. Create A Plan
You may know what you want to achieve but might get stuck when you have to put it into action. Without creating a feasible action plan, you’re more likely to get lost in the process.
Think of action steps that are easily implementable and will fit into your schedule. Go for one action at a time and get control over it before moving to the next step. That way, you won’t feel overwhelmed and are more likely to succeed.
4. Track Your Progress
I’m an accountant and I track pretty much everything I do. Tracking your progress is the key to success, especially when it comes to achieving health goals.
Why it tracking progress important in achieving goals?
5. Create A Support System
Change is difficult, but it becomes even more challenging if you don’t have a support system in place. You’ve finally decided to start your health journey, but people around you are not always supportive and don’t really understand why you do what you do. Your friends make fun of you because you don’t drink on a Saturday night; your mom insists your eat a piece of the cake she made just for you; your partner complains about you spending too much time at the gym while you could do something else together.
Here’s how you can create your own support system:
Help people around you understand your journey and tell them why that’s important to you.
Ask for their support and let them feel part of it.
Surround yourself with like-minded people.
Get a gym buddy.
Find someone you can be accountable to. It could be friends, family, a an online support group or a health coach. You need people to cheer you on in order to succeed!
Are you unsure about your 2019 health goals are and/or how to achieve them? I can help!
I’ll guide you through the goal-setting process and show you how you can achieve what you want in an easy, rewarding and fun way!
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