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Last Updated on January 19, 2021

5 Amazing Benefits Of Setting Goals For A Healthier Life

5 Amazing Benefits Of Setting Goals For A Healthier Life

It can be hard to keep a healthy lifestyle when we lead busy lives. We often set out to change our unhealthy ways but life can get in the way and even if we make progress, it can sometimes fall to the wayside despite all good intentions. The problem tends to be in our inability to see the importance of the small steps and the impatience we can feel in getting there.

Setting clear goals in all areas of our life is key to successfully achieving what we want and this is also applied to gaining a healthy lifestyle. Change can feel hard especially when we’re busy but here are the main benefits to setting clear goals and the importance they have on achieving a healthier you.

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1. Clear Goals Help Set Our Purpose

Being too vague about our health goals can lead us to give up easily. Telling yourself ‘I’m going to start walking’ isn’t enough but making it clear and specific like ‘I’m going to walk 10,000 steps each day for the next two weeks’ will give you an incentive to keep up the practice.

2. Utilises Our Time Efficiently

By setting a clear goal, it makes it easier to fit the activity into our every day life. If you’re going to walk 10,000 steps a day then you need to plan when you can ideally achieve it. By having a clear goal, you are more focused and forced to consider how you will incorporate this in each day, for example, parking the car further away from work, taking the stairs instead of the elevator or planning for a walk after dinner in the evening.

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3. Clear Goals Equals Faster Results

Time frames are created more easily when we set clear goals which results in consistency. Consistency is the key to achieving any goal in our life because it means we get faster results and that satisfies our impatient tendencies. By setting clear goals and time frames, our efforts become more focused and therefore more likely to stay on the path to successfully reaching our goals.

4. Allows Us To Keep Track Of Our Progress

Tracking progress is essential for reaching our health goals. Whether we are keeping track using an app or crossing off each day with good old pen and paper, it helps us see how well we are doing and how far we’ve come. This in itself creates incentive and a sense of achievement that can only be possible with clear set goals. By setting clear goals we are laying down the path we need to follow which will make it much easier with each step. A hundred miles can only be achieved with each individual step and it’s these steps that we need to focus on rather than the end goal.

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5. Helps Us Achieve A Positive Mindset

By having a clear goal, we have something to strive for and, in turn, this helps us to feel more optimistic because having clear goals causes us to feel less stressed and lessens the feelings of failure we put on ourselves. Having a clear focus allows us to feel like we have control over our lives and creates a positive mindset that’s crucial for achieving our goals.

S.M.A.R.T Goals

We’ve all heard of S.M.A.R.T goals but they are a good guide to setting your goals and making them as clear, realistic and attainable as possible.

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  • SPECIFIC: Make your goal clear rather than general. This will help you focus on the small steps needed to achieve the end goal.
  • MEASURABLE: Set measurements for your goals. Decide on certain actions and how much you want to achieve your goal on each day or week.
  • ACHIEVABLE: Always make your goals easy and attainable. If you make them too ambitious then you are more likely to fail and not stick with it – remember small achievable goals for success.
  • REALISTIC: Make sure you are able to carry out the steps needed to reach your goal. If you set an intention to train for a marathon when you work 12 hours a day, it will make it hard to keep up. Make sure your goal matches up with both your time commitments and also your ability.
  • TIMELY: Set good timeframes instead of general intentions. Putting a date on your goals give them accountability and focus.

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Last Updated on January 19, 2021

How to Set Goals Instead of Resolutions for the New Year

How to Set Goals Instead of Resolutions for the New Year

For many people, a new year is a fresh start, a do-over of sorts, that motivates you to try something new or to recommit to those tasks you put on hold because you were too busy tending to more important things. When we talk about the new year, one word often comes to mind: resolutions. You may ask your friends or co-workers about their New Year’s resolutions, finding that yours are similar to theirs: lose weight, get out more, save money. But, what exactly are resolutions? To make a resolution is to resolve to do something.The dictionary says that to resolve is “to make a definite and serious decision to do something.” That sounds promising. But, what happens after you’ve made that decision? How do you carry it out?

Instead of making resolutions, setting measurable goals is more likely to lead to success in seeing your hopes and dreams come to fruition. Want to increase the chances of seeing your dreams become reality? Here are five goal-setting tips that will get you started on your journey towards reaching your goals.

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Be S.M.A.R.T.

When it comes to goal setting, S.M.A.R.T. is a familiar acronym for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-sensitive. Too often, people set goals that are vague and unrealistic. Not only does this lead to frustration, but it also decreases the likelihood of actually achieving the goal. The S.M.A.R.T. method can be applied to a variety of goals, whether professional or personal, giving you the tools you need to succeed in your goal setting endeavors.

Write it down

The daily minutiae of life is enough to rattle even the most skilled multi-tasker. With family dinners, kids’ sporting events, and household chores, life is truly a juggling act. Still, we manage to fall into the routine of getting those things done without a need to write them down. When it comes to goals, however, we are not very likely to simply fall into a routine. Achieving goals involves deviating from the daily monotony, stepping outside of your comfort zone, and challenging yourself. Writing down your goals allows you to free up some of that mental clutter so that you can visualize those things that you want to achieve. Also, tracking your progress by checking things off will give you a sense of accomplishment, motivating you to keep going. So, pull out that journal that has been collecting dust and write down those goals!

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Avoid comparisons

When you are working towards improving your life, it is common to compare yourself to other people. Your perception is that they are superior to you, or more privileged in some way. The social media phenomenon doesn’t help; your ‘news feed’ overflows with announcements of your friends’ new love interests, weight loss, and new jobs, quickly turning you into a green-eyed monster. How does this serve you, exactly? It doesn’t. When you compare yourself to others, you rob yourself of time you could be spending on your own self-improvement. It is also important to keep in mind that everyone’s journey is different; although we have similar destinations, our paths are often quite different. Follow your own path.

Embrace failure

Rich Dad Poor Dad author Robert Kiyosaki says that “successful people don’t fear failure but understand that it is necessary to learn and grow from.” Setting goals involves learning what you need to do in order to achieve personal growth. Embracing failure by seeing it as a necessary part of achieving your goals will only make you stronger and more resilient as you continue on your road to towards achieving your goals.

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Enjoy the process

Big success is made up of small victories. If your weight loss goal is 20 lbs, chances are that you will not lose it all at once. Still, you can celebrate your pants fitting a little looser every week. Having goals is important; however, we don’t stop living while we pursue them. Life happens while you are in the midst of seeing your dreams realized. Don’t allow your focus on the outcome to keep you from enjoying the process.

Featured photo credit: Hannah Jacobson via unsplash.com

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