Setting goals is essential if you want your life to have direction and for personal growth. Goal setting helps you be productive and to accomplish those things that are important to you. Creating goals is the easy part but the execution is where most people struggle.
When thinking about your goals, it is important to create an action plan. For example, if your goal is to lose weight in the new year, you’ll need to be specific. Decide how much weight you want to lose and in what amount of time. If you decide it’s 20 pounds in 5 months, break that down even further to 4 pounds per month or one pound a week. When you are able to meet the smaller goals, it is easier to stay focused and keep your eye on the bigger picture.
As a holistic nutritionist, I work on goals with people all throughout the year. Holistic means considering all aspects of your life: physical, emotional, and spiritual. Better understanding of how the whole body is connected becomes incredibly important to goal setting. This awareness helps maintain the emotional investment needed to make lasting changes and to accept that some changes take more time than others.
Here are some tips for helping you achieve your goals this year:
- Be specific. It’s important to develop well-defined and focused goals. If your goal is too vague it will make it more difficult to stay on task.
- Your goal must be measurable. If you can’t measure your goal, you won’t know when you are being successful. Those small benchmarks between your starting and ending point are crucial for staying on track.
- Set goals that are attainable. It is super important to be realistic in your goals. Make sure you can reach your goals in the time you choose. If it’s easier, break your goal down into smaller goals to work towards first.
- Make sure you are setting these goals for YOU! Your goal should excite you. If it excites you and is relevant in your life, it will make it easier to stay motivated to achieve it.
So take a moment to reflect on what you want. Write your goals down and create an action plan. Follow the above steps to put them in place. Review them daily to help keep you on track. Something important to remember is that if your goal isn’t working, don’t just ditch it and give up. It’s YOUR goal! Rework the steps so you can achieve it. Make your action plan and get to work.
Angie Redmond, BS, NC
Certified Gluten Practitioner