The average person struggles with implementing fitness goals over the long term. People committed to healthy change are generally pretty good at researching what they should be doing. But, realistically, for the long term, most fail at implementing these changes. Then they get discouraged and often eventually give up.
For that reason, I recommend this [sometimes] slower but extremely reliable approach to changing your health for the long term. If you do this, failure will fall by the wayside!
Take the time to learn about all three of these areas:
For each of the three areas:
- Do a self-evaluation to mark your starting point
- Write down your ultimate goal for each area
- Research the many, many different types of specific actions you can take to get you from your starting point to your ultimate goal
Breakdown each ultimate goal into mini-goals using the S.M.A.R.T. method:
- Specific: Exactly what activity? Walking? Running? Badminton? Yoga? Rock climbing? Raw foods? Vegetarianism?
- Measurable: How many minutes? How much weight? How fast? Portion size? Meal planning?
- Attainable: Is it something that you can really achieve? Does it push you enough? Does it motivate you?
- Recorded: Keep a written record of your assumptions and your progress.
- Time-frame specific: Within what period of time will you accomplish this goal?
Test each mini-goal
- Ask yourself, “On a scale of 1 to 10, how confident am I that I can accomplish this goal within the timeframe I picked?” If the answer to your question is anything less than a 9, CHANGE the mini-goal to something that definitely can and will be accomplished! Yes, make the goal smaller! Yes, take longer to accomplish it! Slow and steady progress toward a goal works better than rushing towards failure! Keep adjusting your mini-goals to guarantee your success!
SUCCESS CREATES MORE SUCCESS!
PLAN FOR LONG TERM SUCCESS!