Happy Wednesday everyone! Can you believe it’s the last one of the year? For this, our last Wellness Wednesday of the year, I thought we’d talk a little about how we can set goals to help us get where we want to be with our wellness this coming year.
On Monday, we talked about how to set goals that will actually help us be successful. Rather than making those New Year’s Resolutions that we never seem to stick with, we can actually draw ourselves a roadmap to follow. Having a specific plan to follow can help us move forward with our wellness and get us on the road to where we want to be.
This week, let’s ask ourselves:
I usually set goals for several areas each year. Even if, for some reason, I don’t reach those Outcome Goals we talked about on Monday, by following my plan I know I’m at least moving closer to that outcome. As I’ve said many times, we have to remember that we’re aiming for progress, not perfection.
When we’re setting goals, it’s helpful to start with the end in mind. What do we want the end result to be? (For example, pay off a car, lose 10 pounds, improve blood glucose levels to within normal range, etc.) These are our overarching goals; those outcomes we want to achieve.
Next, we need to take a look at what it’s going to take to get there; not just in general, but the specific steps we need to take to do it. These will become the behavioral (or process) goals we set for ourselves. They’ll be the things we do each day to move us toward our overall goal.
Remember – these don’t have to be some huge goals. It’s really more useful to set small goals that are fairly easily to achieve initially. That lets us have some successes early on and give us incentive to stick with them.
Do you want a little help getting your goals into writing? You can download a Goal Planner worksheet to walk you through the process. Just fill out the form below and I’ll send you a worksheet you can use to get started.
Having solid, well-thought-out goals can give us the roadmap we need to move us toward our desired outcomes and help us develop those healthy behaviors that keep us moving forward.
Do you find having an actual process for setting goals helpful when it comes to your wellness? What has been the most (or least) helpful? Please share!!
I hope each of you have a wonderful new year!