Be a “Goal-Getter”

20130823_171901If you are like most people, your new year’s resolution will sound something like:

“I’m going to lose weight.”

“I’m going to manage my stress better.”

“I’m going to take control of my finances.”

You might even take an action step toward obtaining those goals, like purchasing a gym membership, signing up for yoga, or balancing your checkbook. But then what happens?

Set yourself up for success this year by committing to a personal wellness goal. Become a “goal-getter” by following these proven strategies for goal-setting.

How to set an achievable wellness goal

Small steps are key in setting an achievable wellness goal. You can create several small steps in order to achieve a long-term goal. To avoid procrastination, it’s wise to set a timeline for your goal.

Good guidelines to follow when goal-setting are the SMART guidelines:

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Realistic

Timely

These guidelines will help you track and easily determine if you have reached your goal. They also give you a timeline, which is important to keep you on track. Try to stick with one goal at a time until you feel like you are able to take on multiple goals at once. Writing your goals down may help you remember what you are striving for.

Examples of SMART Wellness Goals

  1. This week at work, instead of chips, I will have one piece of fruit as my afternoon snack.
  2. I’ll have dessert after dinner only two nights this week.
  3. At least three days a week, I will walk during my 15-minute morning and afternoon work break.
  4. Once a week, I will ride bikes with my children to and from the local park.

Goal Support

Know where you want to go with your goal, and think of ways friends and family can help you reach that goal. Getting support can make a huge difference in your success. A supportive environment is especially important to successful lifestyle changes.

Reward Yourself

It’s important to reward yourself for large and small accomplishments—celebrate your success! For example, reward yourself with a new outfit after you reach your goal of losing 15 pounds. Don’t punish yourself or give up on your goal if you start to get off track. Be prepared for relapse, and understand that it can take several attempts for behavior change to be successful.

With steps like these you can’t help but become a “goal-getter!”

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