Who do you want to be?
What are your values as a person? Do your current behaviors or habits match who you want to be? When choosing a health or life goal pick one that is yours and personal to you.
Decide who you want to be.
Who do you want to be? What does your better life look like? Does it include less stress? Or a better work-life balance? Do you want to have more energy? Is better health the most important goal for your better life? Picking your goal will depend on what you want your future you to be. It will most likely be related to a ‘pain’ that you are experiencing.
As I use the word pain I am not talking about a physical injury. I am talking about a frustration in the desires that you have of the person you wish to be but the actions, behaviors and even results do not line up with your idea of what your life should be.
What are your values as a person? What is important to you? Do your current behaviors or habits match who you want to be? Your current habits are perfect for your current results. If you desire a different life then some of your habits will need to change.
Pick a goal that is yours and personal to you. These should align with who you want to be as a person. They will align with your core values. They will be intimately personal to you.
Your goal should be specific. Losing weight is not that specific. "I want to lose 10 pounds in 2 months", is specific. "I want my waist size to be 34 inches in 3 months", is very specific.
The ‘why’ wrapped up in this should be personal. Why do you want to lose weight? More energy, feel better about your body image? Get into those old clothes you used to fit into? The more your goal answers the question of 'why' the better your chances of sticking with it when things get tough.
Pick a deadline!
Pick a deadline. Without a deadline it will be harder to reach your goal.
The stories we tell ourselves.
Be aware of invisible scripts. The stories that we tell ourselves. "I am not athletic." "I’m just ‘big boned’." Etc.
As you pick your goal the stories that we tell ourselves can push back and affect our success. Taking the time to identify the ‘voices in our heads’ for what they are can determine whether we succeed or fail in reaching our goal.
Start with just ONE THING to focus on. One goal is enough. Depending on the goal and its simplicity or complexity will determine how long it will take to achieve.