We released February and play balance. How do you handle your health goals? Do you already notice the change in your weight, do you have an exercise routine that you are following regularly, and have you stopped smoking? If the answer is yes, congratulations! Overcoming challenges is undoubtedly the best way to fuel motivation and automate good habits. If your answer is no, you may want to continue reading this post. The other day I was invited to the program to talk about health goals and why so many people are now frustrated with their list of New Year’s resolutions. The people are worried that it does not materialize their good intentions and in my point of view, one of the main reasons behind those failures is not to think. Yes, you begin to act without thinking. To think is to value what you have done before and to draw up a plan that will guarantee you to get better results in any area of your life. Very few people have their annual health goals written down and fewer have made a plan to achieve them. That is why in many cases they are parked after our daily occupations.
Fortunately, after reading this article you can become part of that percentage that gets them. Writing our goals and having them forward daily will help us achieve what we set out to do. And an important first step is to write them in the first person and in the present since we involve our subconscious that responds better to guidelines that are personal, positive and forward.
Obviously and as I pointed out having well-picked goals without a plan and an action behind it will not do us much, but it is an important first step in setting the direction of what we want to achieve.
To continue we must continue to go down in detail and know that we need more to have small goals that serve our plan. Among other things, we will make sure that they comply with these characteristics and are:
A specific goal is much more likely to be met than a generic goal. To set a specific objective we must be as concrete as possible. For example, “I get in shape” could be a generic goal, while “I go to the gym 3 days a week” or “I can run 5 km in less than 30 minutes” are much more specific.
For each objective establishes concrete measures to measure your progress. When you measure your progress you can analyze your evolution, both at the level of the calendar and the selected measure and use that motivating experience to reach that goal.
If your goal is not measurable then how will you know if you have achieved it?
“Losing weight” is a non-measurable target, which does not let you know if you are doing well; “I lose 10 kilos” gives you a more accurate measure of what you want by 2015.
Realistic, Achievable and Demanding
Is it worth pursuing impossible? Probably not. However, the goals should be ambitious and realistic. High and achievable. It must be a goal that you want and at the same time you are able to achieve, or that others have already achieved. You are the only one who decides how ambitious you want to be with your goals, but make sure that what you are proposing represents a great advance for you. A demanding goal may be easier to achieve than an overly weak or moderate target, as the requirement provides a key motivational factor in achieving compliance.
It may seem obvious but your goals should be aligned with your priorities for the year. Remember to focus only on the top 5 priorities of your list or you will be guaranteeing failure. Perhaps it is not the best time to start exercising if your energies are deposited in a personal project that requires all of your time, but if you can start to be healthier with your food.
Align objectives with your priorities and you will have many chances of success.
A target must be located within a time frame. Without this link there is no sense of urgency. If you want to lose 10 kilos, when do you want to lose them? “For someday”. But if you link it to a temporary reference (“before May 31”, “for my daughter’s wedding”), then you help the subconscious begin to work to achieve the goal. Obviously there will be things that will be difficult to place temporarily, but for this we will develop a plan that will allow us to follow the evolution of our objectives and adapt them according to reality.
This goal-setting model is called smart (an English acronym) and serves as an aid in writing our own correctly.
Some examples of SMART objectives are:
Nutrition: I will eat 3 servings of fruits and vegetables at least on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during 2015.
Nutrition: Before June 1, I will be drinking at least 1 liter of water a day during daily days. Also, I will drink a glass of water before every meal.
Exercise: From January, I will go walking for 3 days a week 30 minutes 3 days a week, either in the morning soon or when returning from work.
Personal life: During the first 6 months of the year, I will have 30 minutes for myself where I will turn off the phone and the computer. I will dedicate this time to my family, to read a book or to meditate. During the second half of the year I will increase the daily time to 1 hour.
Seneca said that “No wind is favorable to the one who does not know to which port it goes “. Fixing our goals properly allows us to know what our goal is clearly. We have only got to get going!
If you want to walk this path accompanied and want to make 2015 your healthiest year, contact us and you will discover how health coaching can help you achieve those goals that would so much improve your life!