When it comes to setting goals, knowing what outcome we want to achieve in the long-term (like losing two stone or winning a race) gives us a place to start, but doesn’t show us how to get there.
When we focus solely on the outcome, we might take an “at any cost” approach to reaching it, making it unlikely that we will attempt to build healthy habits that last for the long run.
Setting behavioural goals focused on what you want to do increases the likelihood you’ll be successful today – and over time – to reach the outcomes you want!
Each week take time out for you to look ahead and create a weekly goal, not just in your head, but written down so you can refer to it and keep it in the forefront of your mind (we all know what happens if its only in our head!!)
It’s not just committing to paper, it’s also having a plan to achieve it, so maybe I will do a 10 minute walk every other day (be specific), rather than I’ll do more activity. Or as in the picture below, my dream is to climb that mountain one day, that might never happen, but having a plan to build up to more steps could bring the dream nearer.
And by focusing on what we could get we are less likely to be sitting there thinking about eating something we know will be taking us further away.
It is important to have a destination on your journey, be realistic – are the changes you are prepared to make to your food and lifestyle going to be drastic? Or moderate? Your results will reflect the changes you’re making. It can be easier to aim short term eg; If Easter /your holidays/ birthday is 20 weeks away aim for 1 stone, if you’re lighter WOOHOO you can always lose more.
Remember if you have no idea where you’re heading it’s likely you won’t get there!!