We suggest you take the approach of small steps to a healthier you. Setting smaller attainable goals allows you to accomplish them, then build a routine, then set new goals to work towards accomplishing. When we set goals that are too large, they tend to become overwhelming.
By using the S.M.A.R.T goal setting method, you will be setting yourself up for success and an increased chance of sticking with and achieving your wellness goals.
S: Specific – Be very specific! If you want to get healthier, what does that consist of – Sleeping more? Eating more vegetables? Drinking more water? Make sure that your goals are well defined and clear.
M: Measurable – Once you set your specific goals, make sure you have a way of tracking or measuring them. If you are seeking more sleep or higher water intake make a chart for yourself. If you’re setting a weight loss goal, take your measurements to track your progress. Set yourself up for success with a trackable, measurable method!
A: Attainable – We’ve all heard the phrase “Shoot for the stars” but when it comes to goal setting, attainable and achievable is more beneficial! If your ultimate goal is to lose 50 pounds, start with smaller increments such as 5 pounds a month, this will take off some of the pressure and allow you to create healthy life long habits.
R: Realistic – If losing 50 pounds is your goal, that is totally possible! If losing 50 pounds in one month is your goal, that’s not very realistic. By setting a goal that is not within reach you will be more likely to give up or be too hard on yourself. Set a goal that is within your reach and relevant to your life will set you up for success!
T: Timely – Remember these are small attainable goals so they should be set with an intention of a start and finish date. Whether you are looking to quicken your mile time or become more active – set a time table for yourself and do your best to stick to it!
SOME MORE TIPS ON SETTING GOALS:
Write your goals down – by putting your goals on paper you are solidifying them and giving yourself a reference to refer back to. It’s proven that we are 42% more likely to achieve a goal that is written down. It also activates both sides of the brain – the left (creative) side and right (logical) side
Set priorities – If you have multiple goals that you’re working on at once, prioritize them and dedicate your attention to the ones that are most important
Set your goals in a positive manner – remember you’re setting these goals to better yourself not berate yourself. Be kind and remember great things take time!