Many people set health and fitness goals for themselves, but few actually reach them. It’s easy to forget about them, or to start off strong and slowly lose the drive to keep going. There are hundreds of reasons why people fail, but that can change. Achieving a goal is hard, but with the right planning and hard work, you can get there.
Set a goal - The first step to achieving a goal is actually setting one. This may seem like a no-brainer, but how you set goals weighs heavily on whether or not you will actually achieve them. Be specific and realistic about what you want. There is nothing wrong with dreaming big, but make sure you realize the time, effort, and skill required to complete a goal so you don’t become discouraged by upcoming challenges. For example, if you want to lose weight, don’t pressure yourself to lose weight quickly by aiming to lose 20 pounds in a month. You will get easily frustrated and have to resort to unhealthy and drastic measures to successfully achieve this.
Do your research – One of the most helpful tools for anything in life is research, and it proves itself useful here, too. You have to know what is necessary to reach a goal in order to actually do it. If you want to lose weight, find healthy recipes that you can make during the week, or look up workout routines that you will actually enjoy doing. Having the knowledge of the steps you need to take makes it so much easier to accomplish things instead of stumbling around in the dark hoping that you’re doing something right.
Make a plan – Break your goal down into smaller steps. This will make it easier to tackle, and following a plan allows you to see how much progress you are making. Based on your research, decide the actions you need to take that will lead you to your end goal. Focus on achieving these small steps and before you know it, you’ll be at the finish line.
Make time –Now that you’ve mapped out your plan, makes sure you actually follow it. Setting goals provides motivation, but its easy for this motivation to fade after a long day at work when you really want a pint of ice cream or you really don’t want to workout. Make time in your schedule that is dedicated completely to achieving that goal, whether its going to BellaVita for a yoga class or spending your Sunday afternoon preparing your meals for the week. Don’t rely on motivation to fuel yourself. Stay determined and disciplined, and work hard everyday.
Be kind - Don’t beat yourself up if you make a mistake. Just because you slip up once doesn’t mean you have failed. Your success is based on a compilation of efforts. As long as you are consistent, a couple of days off track will not harm you or undo your efforts.
Reward yourself – Give yourself a treat when you reach a new milestone, such as by buying yourself a new pair of jeans or going on a weekend trip with your friends. This will provide an extra bit of motivation to keep you going when life is being extra challenging.
And most importantly, never place your self-worth on whether or not you achieve your goals. Find acceptance and happiness with yourself in the present. Don’t wait for the future you to allow yourself to be happy because you deserve it right now, regardless of whether you can hold a handstand or are 15 pounds lighter.
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