While most of us are busy setting goals this time of year, many are tempted to give up by the end of January. Why? Because the goals aren’t action-oriented; in other words, they often focus on an end result such as “I’ll lose weight”, or they state something vague such as “I’ll drink more water”. What’s important to remember is the HOW – how to get to the results you want and how you can make changes realistically. This calls for a plan of action.
Example 1: If you are hoping to eat better, set a goal for that, not for weight loss. Try “I will eat fruit with my sandwich at lunch instead of chips” and “I will pack my fruit and sandwich the night before” to make it doable.
Example 2: If you are planning to drink more water, set a goal for how and when. Try “I will take a bottle of water with me and drink it all by lunch, then another by dinner.”
Just One Thing to do: Set one goal at a time with a detailed plan for how to achieve it.
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