We are exactly halfway through 2019. That gives us 6 months to make a change – starting today. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Today.
Everyone uses the end of the year to reassess, set goals, and make changes. Imagine if you started now!
You might not have started 2019 off on the best foot or maybe you did, but the motivation waned as time passed. Now is the perfect time to reevaluate and get back in the saddle!
First things first. Let’s start with defining a goal versus an activity. A goal is the desired end result. For example, you want to lose weight, increase energy, stabilize your mood, or simply feel happy. An activity is the means to achieving that goal. For example, I will run (activity) to lose the weight (goal).
Effective goals are clear and tangible whereas the activity can be flexible. If running isn’t working for you, try a different activity such as eating a more balanced diet. To ensure you have success with your goal, use the S.M.A.R.T. method to define what you want to accomplish. For example, I want to lose 10 pounds by the end of 2019 by running 3 days a week and cooking healthy meals. The more specific the better!
This will help you visualize and plan what steps you need to take to reach your goal. Breaking down the activities into small and achievable actions will make the end result less overwhelming. Take it day by day, and over the next 6 months you will be shocked by how the little things add up to something big.
Below are my top 10 tips to help you stay on track!
- Avoid the “I will…when…” mentality. I will be happy when I lose 10 pounds. The goal is to be happy. The means to get there might not necessarily be losing weight. It might be stress at work or maybe you’re in a toxic relationship. Dig deep to truly understand what you want to achieve.
- What is your why? While it’s important to understand what you want to achieve, it’s also important to understand why you want to achieve it. Sometimes when we explore our “why”, we realize that our “what” (the goal) might not deliver us what we are truly seeking. Your why will not only keep you honest with yourself, but also motivate you on the days that you just want to give up. Why do you want to lose weight? Do you want to feel confident and happy in your own skin? Do you want to feel confident and happy in your own skin? Your “why” will keep you persistent. Have your “why” front and center in your mind so that you keep going!
- Schedule it. If it’s not in my calendar, it most likely won’t happen. Each week write down the activities that you are doing to get closer to your goal, and show up for yourself like you would a work commitment.
- Make it easy for yourself. Set yourself up for success by being prepared! Going to the gym before work? Pack your bag the night before or sleep in your workout clothes if you have to. Do you want to eat a healthier diet? Meal prep, do your research before going to a restaurant, or bring a healthy dish to a party so that you know you have something there you can eat. Willpower will only get you so far so simplicity is key!
- Prioritize. It is so easy to stay in our old routine and use time as an excuse. If you want to accomplish something you need to prioritize it. Evaluate how you spend your time and create space to work toward your goal.
- Be resilient. Don’t let the small slip ups derail you. It’s so easy to give up after making a poor choice. How many times did you have a few chips, and then just polish off the whole bag (and then some) because you already got off track? We aren’t perfect! Just be kind to yourself and simply let the next decision you make one that will get you closer to your goal.
- Stop comparing. Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. Everyone has their own path and their own timeline. This is your goal so stop looking outside of yourself to see what everyone else is doing!
- Celebrate the wins! Give yourself the opportunity to look back and celebrate your progress! We live in a world that is so fast-paced and ready to conquer the next task without taking the time to look back at how far we’ve come. It’s important to feel that sense of success to keep going.
- Believe in yourself. Be aware of your mental script. We are our biggest critics, and if we don’t think that we can achieve something then we won’t. We need to be confident in ourselves and think encouraging thoughts. Goals are a funny thing…they can inspire us and generate a feeling of excitement or they can cause us to feel less than or inadequate. It’s our perception of these goals and how we treat ourselves along the way. So be nice!
- Last but not least, love the journey. Enjoy the process! Otherwise, what’s the point?
One of my favorite things about the health coaching program I offer is the goal setting that we do at the beginning. It isn’t often that we have the opportunity to visualize and prioritize what we want in life, how we want to feel, and what we want to experience.
If you are interested in learning more about this program contact me for a free health consultation at firstname.lastname@example.org or learn more on my website at http://www.balancedlifekristen.com.
Here’s to a great end to 2019!