When we make the goal to "to lose weight", we will never meet that goal. It is too broad and general without a way to know if you have met it or not.
Instead of setting a goal "to lose weight" try setting a goal of "to lose 20 pounds in 90 days from today". This is a specific goal and it has an end. You know when you have met it. At the end of 90 days, if you want to lose more weight, set another goal of "to lose 5 pounds in 30 days, and so on.
Once you have set a specific and measurable goal, then lay out the steps to attain this goal. For example " I will walk 2 miles every day after lunch and before dinner", "I will give up sodas, bread, sugar and reduce my servings of desserts." These are specific steps and can be measured.
The SMART plan for achieving your goals is one of the best I have ever used. It has helped me in many areas of my life, including (but not limited to) losing weight.
Below is the simple version of the SMART plan:
- be SPECIFIC
- should be MEANINGFUL
- ACTION ORIENTED (achievable)
- should be REALISTIC
- should be TIMELY
"Insanity is doing
the same thing over and over again,
and expecting different results."
Stop the insanity and
make a real plan.
It is still up to you to
follow the plan,
but you can't follow a plan
that you don't have.
Have you ever heard of the SMART plan for goal setting? Are you guilty of setting goals and then within a few weeks, forget about it? What goals are you setting for yourself for 2019?