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Setting Realistic Goals

How many times have you set a New Year’s resolution for weight loss that falls apart within a few months?  You start out with the best of intentions with goals that sound great at the time.  Chances are your goals were unrealistic and just didn’t fit into your lifestyle. And as the saying goes, “If you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you are going to get the same results”.

Take small steps to implement your goals and ask yourself:

  • Are you willing to make the changes necessary to reach your goal?  If you are starting a weight loss or exercise program you need to ask yourself if you are taking on something that you can do for the rest of your life.  If not, you may not be ready to make the changes needed for long-term success.
  • What is it that you really want and are you willing to work towards your goals with commitment, time and persistence?
  • Are your goals your own?  They shouldn’t be your friends, family members, neighbors etc. It is really important to set goals that are yours alone and nobody else’s.

Goals need to be practical and not overwhelming because the only way you will achieve them is through implementation.  If you want to save yourself a lot of aggravation, your goals need to be both attainable and realistic.  Setting unrealistic goals is the main reason why crash diets and exercise programs fail.  However, goals do need to be just challenging enough to keep you motivated and keep in mind that goals continue to change as you progress which means that you will need to readjust them as you move forward.

Once you have determined your specific goals you will feel empowered by taking small steps towards achieving them.  By being specific you will be able to prioritize and stay motivated.  Which goals are you the most passionate about?

Are you enthusiastic about your goals?  It will be much easier to achieve your goals if their possibilities get you excited.  If they don’t, you may want to re-evaluate the goals that you’ve selected.

Finally, setting a date is important as it will help prevent procrastination and give you encouragement.

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