Goal setting can often be an arduous and intimidating process if you have no clue what you are doing. Other times it can reflect a false sense of accomplishment; I’m talking to those people who set the bar so low that goals are guaranteed to be smashed. Often though, if you are like me a *perfectionist* goal setting can also set you up for failure, striving for unattainable goals like going to the gym 7 days per week or unrealistic goals for your circumstances.
I am writing this blog not only to support people out there in search of a healthier lifestyle, but myself. This all came about as I reached for the peanut butter jar and cookies this afternoon to then only feel disappointed that I caved. It came to my attention that I needed to set solid foundations on how I make choices that will effect my wellbeing.
So here I will explain the art of setting SMART goals; Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. Let’s take the following example and tell me which goal will yield a better outcome:
a) To eat more vegetables
b) To eat at least one cup of vegetables at each lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
You chose option b right? I knew it. Option b gave specifics, 1 cup is measurable, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are specific and timely, but most importantly it is realistic.
So now you understand the basics of goal setting I want to bring one last thing to your attention; not only do your goals need to be SMART but need to focus on the positive. An example of this is, pretend I said to you “no you cannot have any chocolate today”. How much do you now want chocolate not just today, but right damn now? Restrictive goal setting opposed to open-minded opportunistic goal setting can bring progress to a screeching halt by making you feel trapped or deprived.
If say, chocolate really is your weak spot a few goals to set may be to:
a) Reduce your daily chocolate intake to 1 square per day;
b) Switch your usual dairy milk chocolate for a 75% cocoa or cacao chocolate; or
c) Ultimately, when chocolate cravings hit, take yourself for a 10 minute walk around the block.
Just to get you started here are some of my wellbeing goals:
+ Exercise 3 times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes.
+ Drink at least 2 x 750ml water bottles per day.
+ Eat at least 1 serving of vegetables at each meal (Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea & dinner).
+ When sugar cravings hit, take a 10-15 minute walk to boost endorphins.
+ Practice meditation 3 times per week.
+ Write one blog post every fortnight.
Have a beautiful week and if what you have read inspires you to set better goals, then please share with your friends so they too can start reaching goals! <3