SET SOME GOALS!
Simply making the decision to embark on the journey to refresh your lifestyle is a huge milestone! So what now?
For some changes, you probably don't need to sit down and write out a detailed goal. You can simply do it, buy it, implement it, etc. However, for other things, it is not that simple or you would have done it long ago. This goal setting page has been designed to help you tackle those. Simply follow the steps below.
S T E P O N E
Make a list of your health priorities and rank them in order of importance. Take into consideration your motivation and readiness to make permanent changes. They can be broad or specific at this stage.
Remember, these are not short term goals, they are permanent lifestyle changes. Don't set goals unless you are committed to sticking to them permanently.
S T E P T W O
Break it down. Pick one of your top priorities and break it down into smaller goals that are tangible.
Want to start exercising? What type(s) of exercise are you going to do?
Want to eat healthier? How are you going to do this?
Want to switch to more natural personal care products? Which one(s) will you start with?
Want to improve your sleep? What strategies are you going to try?
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S T E P T H R E E
Pick one. Even if you created 20 goals from one health priority, pick just one.
S T E P F O U R
Consider the following. Write it down.
WHAT: What do you want to do?
WHEN: Will you start immediately? Tomorrow? What is your timeline?
HOW: How often? How long? How much? How will it fit into your schedule? Be SPECIFIC.
REVIEW: When do you plan to review and/or progress your goal?
Also, consider. . .
Who will support and/or join you? How will you make the time? Are there any preparatory steps you need to take? How will you reward yourself once your goal has become routine?
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S T E P F I V E
Write it out. Using the above information write out your goal. At the very least it should look something like this:
Starting ________ I will __________. On ________ I will review how I am doing and progress my goal accordingly (option to include how you intend to progress it).
Starting tomorrow (May 25, 2019) I will start walking at least 30 minutes per day, 3 times per week, immediately after work. On June 15, 2019 (3 weeks from now) I will review how I am doing and progress my goal accordingly.
My husband will hold me accountable. My reward after 2 months will be new exercise clothing.
S T E P S I X
DO a SMART check. Look over your goal and make sure it is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-Oriented. Adjust accordingly.
S T E P S E V E N
POST IT AND SHARE IT. Write it down (subscribe below for a free goal setting worksheet) and put it in a place you will see it and be reminded of it regularly. Share it with your significant other, friend, family member, etc. Let them know what you are doing, why, and how they can help you. Maybe they will join you? Make a plan to check in with your goals at least a couple of times per week to ensure you are on track.
S T E P E I G H T
Determine how many goals you can realistically work on at once. When first starting out, I suggest 2-3 if from the same category, and no more than 4-5 if from multiple categories. It's a marathon, not a sprint. If you start with too many goals you are less likely to follow through on any of them. Head back to step one and repeat the process with the other few goals you plan to start with.
S T E P N I N E
Wait for it to become routine/habit. In the meantime, read through the blog posts, resources and other recommendations on this site to keep yourself motivated and to choose future goals.
S T E P T E N
Has your goal become the new norm? Do you still need to think about it or is it a habit and part of your regular routine? Have you successfully met your goal? REWARD YOURSELF!
R E P E A T
Start again! Head back to step one to write out your next set of goals.
Keep your old goals handy and refer back to them periodically to ensure you are still on track with them. I recommend setting a calendar notification as a reminder to do a check.
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Y O U G O T T H I S !