Whether you have recently been diagnosed with an illness, or you are looking for a new, healthier self, it may be difficult to find the motivation to change your lifestyle. You may be looking to begin exercising, or just to begin eating healthier. The best way to go about change in your health is to start by setting attainable goals. Your goals should outline each priority in a realistic manner and timeline.
Your 10 Step Process To Set Goals
- Complete a health assessment, preferably through a healthcare provider, and use this to begin setting your health goals.
- 2 Write your goals down in a journal being specific on what you are trying to achieve. For example, "I want to lose 10 pounds in two months".
- 3 Keep your goals realistic and simple. This maintains a positive feeling throughout your achievement. For example, "I want to run a marathon by the end of next week" may be impossible to achieve and discouraging if unattainable.
- 4 Consider adding emotional and mental goals, not just physical ones, such as "I want to manage my stress better" or "I want to have more energy in two months".
- 5 Determine factors that may ease the progression of your new health goals, such as a gym membership.
- 6 Include a timeline for each of your goals, and follow the time frame without rushing to achieve the goal.
- 7 Document your progress in your journal. Write your emotions and any improvements or setbacks you may be experiencing.
- 8 Discuss your health goals and progress with your healthcare provider, or a family member, to help keep you on track.
- 9 Modify your goal if you feel like it may be unattainable.
- 10 Add more goals along the way to keep you motivated.