We’ve all been there. Life keeps on throwing responsibilities at you, a rug gets pulled from under your feet, dishes are piling up, and you don’t have any clean underwear. Stress and anxiety are through the roof! If you’re anything like me, the thought of cooking a healthy meal or exercising is the last thing on your mind. If you read my last post on choices, you already know that starting off your day on a positive note can change how you view the rest of your day.
What if I told you that wasn’t enough?
Ugh, more work?! Yes! Yet not really.
The vast majority of us would choose a healthy lifestyle full of energy and vitality any moment of any day. Yes without a plan in place or even a clear end goal, we soon falter and end up back in our old habits. Ever hear of the phrase throwing spaghetti against the wall to see what sticks? We’re taking out the uncertainty and providing the opportunity for that spaghetti to stick without any guesswork. So what exactly do we need in order to succeed in our health and wellness goals? Here are 5 steps to take to get you started.
- Set a clear and *definable* goal that are rigidly flexible.
- What the what? What I mean by rigidly flexible is what we *think* we need to do to reach our goals may not end up being what we *need* to reach our goals. Say you want to lose 20 pounds so you can confidently wear your favorite dress again. You start a workout program running and lifting weights. You end up losing 10 pounds, but you not only can fit in your dress but you look even better wearing it than you did before! You may have lost only 10 pounds, but you lost more inches and gained muscle mass.
- Know your likes and dislikes.
- If you know you hate going to the gym, don’t go to the gym! If you can’t stomach the idea of traditional salads every day, don’t eat salads or find unique ways to prepare a salad that you will enjoy. Doing things you *think* you must do in order to reach your goal will lead to resentment and struggle, making your goals harder to attain. Life has a plethora of options so don’t be afraid to look outside the box and find something you *do* enjoy to help you reach your goals.
- Set a date.
- This goes along with point number 1 – set a clear and definable goal with a clear and definable date to reach that goal. Don’t forget to be honest with yourself. If you have a lofty goal of losing 100 pounds, you’re not going to take that off in a month barring extremely drastic measures. When setting a date to which you want to reach your goal, keep in mind what the overall dream is. Add smaller goals within the larger goal with shorter timelines to help you stay on track and keep you from feeling discouraged.
- Keep a visual record.
- Whether you track pounds or inches lost using pen and paper, make note of the increased physical abilities thanks to working out, keep a daily or weekly journal of your thoughts and emotions, or if you take photographs of your changing body, having something to look back at can help encourage you during the times you’re struggling to make your goal. Seeing where you were and where you are now can give you that extra push to keep on going.
- Recruit an accountability partner.
- Having someone to cheer you on and keep you on track is something people don’t realize they need from time to time. While some personalities thrive on self-driven motivation, many need that extra encouragement and support from an outside source. Join up with a friend, a family member, or even hire a personal trainer or a health coach so when you feel stuck or unmotivated, your accountability partner can step in and offer the advice or motivation that you need to keep working towards your end goals.
What is your biggest takeaway from this list? Do you see areas in your goal setting that need some fine tuning? If you need some help planning out your goals or need an accountability partner, contact me and set up a free 30-minute, no-obligation consultation!
To approach your practice intelligently means to know all the implications of what you want to do, whether that be [poses] or [breath work], and to make appropriate preparations and adjustments. It is not enough to jump if you want to reach the sky. Taking an intelligent approach means working toward your goal step by step. If you want to travel overseas, the first thing you need is a passport. Then you need visas for the countries you intend to visit, and so forth. The simple fact that you want to go there does not make the trip possible. All learning follows this pattern.
~ T. K. V. Desikachar, The Heart of Yoga
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