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You’ll No Longer Feel Stuck With Staying Healthy If You Learn This Trick

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You’ll No Longer Feel Stuck With Staying Healthy If You Learn This Trick

Achieving our health goals can feel like a downright battle against our bodies. Even with all the will in the world, a lack of progress soon becomes a huge source of demotivation. Yet, if we are to reach and surpass our health goals, we are going to need to suck up all the motivation we can get along the way!

More often than not, this happens because you have set yourself up for failure from the start. By setting incredibly ambitious goals and deadlines, it is going to be an uphill struggle the whole way.

Why Breaking Down Goals Actually Helps You Achieve More

Having big dreams is great, but it’s extremely difficult to ever reach them without setting milestones or goals along the way. The trick is to break things down into smaller, highly actionable and achievable steps.

One particular Havard publication discovered that goal setting increases motivation and achievement academically. But the power of goal setting can be redirected to almost any aspect of life including business, health or fitness. Behind almost any great achievement you’ve seen, it’s likely that goal setting helped them achieve it!

The Common Pitfalls of Overly Ambitious and Vague Goals

You may have set yourself a single, highly ambitious goal such as having a 6-pack before summer. But without smaller goals along the way, it’s likely you’ll lose your way or motivation before reaching it.

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Similarly, setting vague goals such as “I want to lose weight” or “I will be more healthy” provides little guidance or accountability to help you achieve it. It doesn’t provoke action and it’s not at all clear how or when this can be achieved.

Instead, you need to set yourself a series of goals that will guide you towards your ultimate goal, providing support along the way. Make them specific and action invoking to maintain accountability.

Never Feel Stuck With Achieving Health Goals – Simple 5 Step Process

1. Harness Your Desire for Good Health

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    Any person’s actions are based on fears and desires. Most of us don’t desire, we do things out of fear, hence we leave things half done. Fear is a powerful motivator, but it will not help you achieve greatness.

    You’ve got to ignite your desire to become healthy and allow this fiery driving force to keep you on track. With the right mindset in place, you will absolutely guarantee your success.

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    Visualizations Are Powerful: Try to imagine how good and amazing your life will be once you learn to achieve your health goals. Perhaps picturing a well shaped you with your spouse on a beach somewhere sunny? Imagine how good you will feel!

    2. Create SMART Goals

    To set yourself up for success, your going to set smart goals that will fuel your motivation along the way. They should incorporate healthy eating and exercise habits. Remember to break things down into smaller steps – no more zero to hero!

    Mention specifics and make them highly actionable. For example, these may include:

    • Increase water intake to at least 4 liters per day
    • Quit eating junk food for snacks – only fruit, vegetables and nuts
    • Cook meals at home and stick to healthy meal plans
    • Begin to taper down portion sizes

    Don’t try to take on the world at once. Work step-by-step and ultimately you will train your body and mind to work that way. See here for further advice for setting healthy action plans.

    3. Small Lifestyle Changes Go a Long Way

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      Transitioning into a healthier lifestyle will support and reinforce your progress towards your goals. Again, there’s no need to go from zero to health freak the first day itself. Slowly adopt small changes and you’ll reap great rewards. These may include:

      • Always using stairs instead of elevators
      • Walking or cycling in place of driving to work or to the shops
      • Allowing yourself only a single cheat meal per week

      4. Set Schedules and Stick to Them

      Keep short and easy schedules in the beginning. This will encourage you and your body without getting overwhelmed. Remember to keep them realistic and things will continue to run smoothly. See here for further guidance on setting schedules and goals.

      Focus on Practice Instead Goals: Your main focus should be on the practice and not the goal. Yes, we need to achieve the goal, but performing the daily habits are going to get you there!

      5. List All Obstacles Along the Way

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        It’s an unavoidable fact that you’re going to encounter obstacles along the way. It’s how you choose to deal with them that affects your progress. The most successful people are those who have complete information. So start by listing down obstacles you encounter throughout your journey, for further examination. Instead of avoiding these issues, consider the difficulty level and try to come up with a solution.

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        If your obstacle is not having enough time to go to the gym, you could consider getting up a little earlier and going there before work or you can perform bodyweight exercises at home. If your friends frequently come over and order unhealthy pizza, you could limit this event to once per week and practice ordering a smaller meal.

        Use an “If-Then” Strategy: As I mentioned earlier, it is easy to plan, but how to act in the moment is what leads to success. The best bet is to stick with an “if-then” strategy to mitigate setbacks. For example: “If I’m going out of dinner with friends in the evening, I’ll have a light salad for lunch”. We all need to let loose once in awhile, but remember to take control of the situation first.

        If we do not exercise or diet correctly, you’re ultimately going to struggle and stall. Once you have programmed a desire of thought into your mind, the subconscious mind will do the rest. Trust that it will find the power needed to achieve your goals no matter what.

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        Last Updated on November 22, 2021

        Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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        Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

        Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

        During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

        But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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        Simplify

        I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

        Absolutely.

        And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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        If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

        • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
        • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
        • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

        Be Mindful

        You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

        Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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        Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

        Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

        Reflect

        As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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        Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

        But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

        So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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        Featured photo credit: Libby Penner via unsplash.com

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