All this month, we’re focusing on how to make small changes that will make our health & well-being better than ever. As we introduced last week, it’s all about the small, simple changes that are do-able and lead to big results.
It Starts With a Goal
Last week, I asked you to think about your current state of health and pick one thing that could be improved upon. Your homework was to write down every reason why you want to work on this.
Your homework this week is goal setting. Start with the big picture, for example: “I want to lose 50 pounds”. This is a great intention, because it addresses an obvious health concern. But it’s not a great goal, for a few reasons. It’s too broad, it’s not specific enough, and it’s overwhelming and scary. Who on earth could tackle this goal successfully?
You could, actually, if you set your goals properly.
The key is to break down the big goal into much smaller, very specific goal steps that walk you towards success. Here’s how to do this:
Goal: I want to lose 50 pounds.
I will start by losing 1 pound.
I will lose 1 pound by eating better and exercising.
I will lose 1 pound by eating less junk and eating more good food; and walking.
I will lose 1 pound by replacing regular potato chips with healthy snacks, eating a large salad with lean protein for lunch 3 days per week, and walking 30 minutes a day for 4 days per week (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday).
As the changes you make become habits, find new changes to make. Keep it going and eventually you’ll be able to say:
I lost 50 pounds.
The Coming Weeks
Cleansing and Fasts