The number one thing to do when you start planning a goal is to make sure that it is a realistic goal. Is it achievable? If you are going to lose weight have you found out how much you should weigh or did you just pick a number that sounds good? Working with your doctor to find your healthiest weight is crucial to being successful at losing weight.
Maybe your goal is to gain weight. Again working with your doctor is the route to take. Perhaps you want to add exercise into your life. Are you being realistic about your available time and the type of exercise you should be doing for your age, health needs and abilities? Being realistic about the goals you set is where you need to start in order to make your goals a reality.
Once you get your realistic goal the next step is to create a goal sheet. Writing things down has proven to greatly increase your chance of success at achieving your goal. You need to make a contract with yourself. To increase your chances of realizing your goal make a contract with someone else as well. You become even more accountable if you have someone supporting your goal.
Here are some things to include on your goal sheet:
The date you plan to start your goal.
What your goal is. It could be exercising daily, eating more fruits and vegetables, losing weight or learning how to handle stress more productively. Be clear about what you want to achieve.
State how you plan to achieve your goal. For example, if regular exercise is your goal, you could write; I plan to achieve my goal by exercising five days a week. I will exercise at 7:00 AM. I will walk some days and run others. I will include two days per week of strength training.
If losing weight is your goal, you can write down your goal weight. You could break down how much weight you want to lose each month and how many calories you will consume in a day.
If handling stress is your goal you could create a goal sheet that included various ways to deal with your stress and then an area where you can rate your stress from one to ten scale as to how much stress you are feeling now and then rate your stress level on a daily basis so can see if the solutions you find for dealing with stress are effective.
You can list the potential obstacles to achieving your goal and have an area where you list solutions to over coming those obstacles.
You can have a place on your goal sheet where you evaluate your progress daily, weekly or monthly according to your goal's needs.
Listing a support team is very helpful to include on your goal sheet. That could be family members, friends or co workers. Many companies create group goals. They all throw money into a hat and whoever achieves the said goal gets to keep the money.
Be creative with your goal sheet. Break down your path to obtaining your goal clearly. Take some time to develop your goal sheet.
Creating and implementing a goal sheet has proven to greatly increase your chance of making your goal come true. Give it a try!
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