I find the majority of people who struggle to achieve their health and wellness goals do so because they haven’t figured out exactly why or how they are going to achieve those goals. There is no clear vision or plan to get where they want to be. Developing your vision and creating a plan to reach your ultimate health and wellness goals are the main ingredients for every successful transformation. You have to know what you are working towards and why. The number one requirement for successful change is to create goals that are meaningful to you. You being the keyword here! I could go on and on for days about why you should weigh a certain amount, look a certain way, or eat a certain diet, but if the motives behind doing these things don’t speak to you, then chances are you will not be successful in achieving the long term change you are looking for.
Motivation, or the reason why you are committing to a new healthy lifestyle, is the primary driving force in helping people achieve their goals. When a person has a purpose for changing their eating patterns or committing to an exercise regime, they are more likely to stick to their plans. They have the driving force to commit to what they have set out to accomplish.
Now a person’s reasons for adopting a new healthy lifestyle is different from one person to the next. You may want to fit into that little black dress you haven’t worn in 5 years to your next work party, or you may want to set a good example for your daughter, or you may be going through a health scare. Whatever, the reason, committing to a new healthy lifestyle requires dedication and action, and without a good motivating reason for why you are becoming healthy, chances are you won’t stick with it.
So, whatever your reason may be, you have to clearly define your motives for changing your unhealthy habits into healthy ones. Is it to look better? Feel better? Make an ex jealous? Or my personal reason for getting back in shape, be around for a long time to watch what amazing things my kids do with their lives! Figure it out, and commit to doing everything possible to get you to where you want to be.
Whatever your reasons, figure out why you want to achieve a milestone and then lay out the groundwork for getting there.
Goals are like roadmaps to achieving your health and wellness dreams. Your final destination on that map is your 1 main goal.
So to keep things simple for my explanation, lets say your main goal is to lose 20 pounds by Christmas. Great! We know where we want to end up and when we want to get there!
You then break your main goal down into a smaller mini goal. For our example, your mini goal would be to lose 5 pounds by the end of June. Once you achieve that goal, then you say another 5 pounds by the end of August, and then another 5 pounds by the end of October, and then the final 5 pounds by Christmas. Do you see how this works?
The goal of losing 20 pounds can seem daunting, but when you break it down into a smaller, mini goal, then it all of a sudden becomes a lot easier!
Once you have your mini goals figured out, you then break it down further into, what I like to call, micro-goals. Now this is where the nitty gritty of how we are going to lose the first 5 pounds by the end of June comes into play.
Maybe you want to commit to walking your neighborhood 3 times a week, or you want to take a dance class, or you want to eat salads for lunch during the week.
So your micro goal may be something like this: I will commit to eating salads for lunch monday-friday and walk the dog everyday this week.
The micro goal guides you towards achieving the mini goals which guides you towards achieving your ultimate goal.
And just like that we have created our road map for achieving our goal! Easy!
But you must write down your why! Write it down and keep it where you will see it often. You need the reminder of why you want to lose 20 pounds by Christmas. It is really easy to get side tracked with our goals. By having a clear picture as to why we are pushing ourselves to workout every night after the kids go to bed, we can help keep us going long after the motivation for doing so leaves us. Motivation is fleeing. It doesn’t last long. It’s the commitment to developing a healthy lifestyle that is going to help you achieve your health and wellness goals.
You have to commit. Commitment is doing something even when we don’t feel like it. Commitment is following through on the bad days. Commitment is doing the workout no matter how tired you feel. Commitment is doing what you said you were going to do, even when you are upset because a client, or coworker, or your boss yelled at you. Commitment is doing what you said you would do because you want to be a good example to your kids.
The only way we can truly commit to our healthy lifestyle is by setting actionable, realistic, and achievable goals. Doing this is not difficult, but it does take some guidance and understanding of the goal setting process. There are parts to a goal, there are end goals, mini goals, and micro goals. All of these things work together to help you achieve the results you dream of. Understanding how to set these goals up and plan them in order to reach and maintain the healthy lifestyle you crave is key.
I am creating “The Ultimate Goal Setting Package” to help you do just that. This Package will be available June 1st to my loyal readers. If you want to stay up to date and get behind the scene details on this project then click the link below.