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Why Set Goals?

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Many people find that having a goal in mind gives them something to work towards. It motivates them to stay on track and provides a measure of how well they are doing. If you're trying to become more physically active, lose weight and become healthier, then realistic, well-planned goals will help keep you focused and motivated.

What is the first step?

#1 Is to make a list of the goals you want to achieve.

#2 Is making sure they are realistic for yourself.

#3 Is making sure they are achievable.

#4 Is to have a plan set in action to achieve those goals.

#5 Is to have a time plan, but not be so strict towards the length it will take.

#6 Is to start with the easiest goal you have set for yourself first.

#7 Is to try to achieve one goal at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself to reach all your goals consecutively.

#8 Is to not be discouraged.

#9 Is to focus on one goal at a time, and not necessarily in the order you wrote them.

#10 Is to not give up.

What is the next step?

Make a list of mini-incentive awards for yourself. If your goal is to lose a certain amount of weight – then start with 10-pound increments until your goal weight is achieved. Do not reward yourself with food! Buy that outfit you have been eyeing. Buy a new nail polish. Get a manicure and pedicure. Buy that new piece of furniture you have wanted.

Each new weight category you reach, reward yourself with something just for you!

And the third step?

  • Be forgiving. Give yourself a break if you don’t reach one of your goals.

  • Be forgiving. Give yourself a break if you don’t reach a goal within the timeframe you set for yourself.

  • Be forgiving. Give yourself a break if you are stagnant and not moving forward.

  • Be forgiving. Give yourself a break and move on to the next goal.

  • Be forgiving. Give yourself a break if one of the goals becomes unreachable.

  • Be forgiving. Make a new goal!

Success is all you have! Start today!

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