Setting goals is the first step into turning the invisible into the visible.
– Tony Robbins
Whether you’re striving to lose weight, or maintain your current weight and improve your health, you’ll need to start by setting short-term and long-term goals. Your short-term goals (STG) vary from about a week to three months in length. They help you build slowly towards your long-term goals (LTG), which are goals you wish to accomplish in three or more months into the future.
In order to make your goals successful ones, they all need to have three main elements. They must be:
- Have a deadline
For example a goal of “I want to lose weight” now becomes “I want to lose 12lbs in 3 months.
Short-term goals help you stay on track by setting a deadline with tasks or actions that will help break down the big long-term goal. Going back to our original long-term goal of losing 12lbs in three months, we set short-term goals to get us there like:
STG1: This week I will go to the gym and workout 3 times for a minimum of 40 minutes each time.
STG2: I will cut my soda drinking from 5 cans a week to 2 cans a week.
STG3: I will drink 2 green juices this week.
Now that you’ve set your goals, commit to them. It’s ok to be flexible, but what’s not ok is to give up or talk ourselves out of what we really want aka settling. We each have it in us in spite of all the circumstances surrounding us, to life the life we’ve always wanted, to reinvent ourselves at any time no matter our age or our past. Ask yourself why not you, and why not take that extra step forward to see what can happen when you’re all in!
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