Setting goals gives you something to work towards and helps you focus on moving in a specific direction. When it comes to your health and well-being, setting goals can provide a roadmap to help you feel better and live your best life. People set various health goals, such as eating more fruits and vegetables, losing weight, reducing sugar intake, drinking more water, or lowering blood pressure.
Whatever your health goal may be, here are five tips to get you started:
- Make them S.M.A.R.T.
- Don’t make your goals too easy or too hard
- Break big goals into smaller ones
- Reward yourself along the way
- Track your progress
How To Be S.M.A.R.T.
The secret to achieving your goals is to make them S.M.A.R.T.! You can apply this method to setting goals in any aspect of your life. For example, use S.M.A.R.T. goals to make progress with your health, finances, and personal projects.
Be specific about the goal you want to accomplish. For example, if you want to eat healthier, aim for a specific goal, like eating less than 25g of sugar per day or eating five vegetables per day.
Have a numerical way to track its progress. What metrics can you use to determine if you are getting closer to your goal? Using the example above, track your sugar intake or how many veggies you eat daily.
Set a goal that feels just right, and don’t aim too high or too low.
Set a goal that is realistic for you to achieve. For example, losing 15 pounds a week might sound great, but is that reasonable? Don’t set yourself up to be discouraged! Setting realistic goals will reinforce your hard work and motivate you to continue. Losing 1 to 2 pounds weekly is a much more realistic and sustainable goal.
Give yourself a realistic timeframe for achieving your goal. Have a target date to keep a sense of urgency.
You’ve got this!
Whether you’re trying to kick a bad habit or add something more positive to your lifestyle, the desire to make changes is the first step. Making long-lasting change is hard, so setting S.M.A.R.T. goals can help you with long-term success.
If you have a S.M.A.R.T. goal you’ve been working on or want to start, share it with us in the comments below. We’d love to hear about your progress and offer any support or encouragement you may need!